Wednesday, April 17, 2013
James Sylvester Caroline entered an Alford plea Wednesday in Arlington County Circuit Court.
A 53-year-old Washington man pleaded guilty Wednesday in Arlington County Circuit Court to charges related to the shooting death of Tommy Wong, a Columbia Pike jewelry store owner, last summer. James Sylvester Caroline pleaded guilty to capital murder and the use of a firearm during the commission of a felony. He was sentenced to life in prison plus three years. Caroline entered an Alford plea before Chief Judge William T. Newman Jr. That means he does not admit to the crimes, only that the commonwealth had enough evidence against him so that it was in his best interest to avoid a trial. Had the matter gone to trial, Caroline could have received the death penalty upon conviction. "This was an appropriate outcome," said Commonwealth's …
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
James Caroline is accused of killing a Columbia Pike jewelry store owner last summer.
James Sylvester Caroline, the Washington man accused of killing a Columbia Pike jewelry store owner in July, will appear in Arlington County Circuit Court on Wednesday. Caroline is accused of shooting 52-year-old Tommy Wong of Herndon to death during the robbery of Capital Jewelers in July. An Arlington County Grand Jury indicted Caroline on capital murder and weapons charges in December. Commonwealth's Attorney Theo Stamos and Senior Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Frank Frio are prosecuting the case. Stamos declined to comment on the case on Monday.
Friday, December 21, 2012
James Caroline is accused of killing jewelry store owner this summer.
Discovery is now under way in the capital murder case involving 53-year-old James Sylvester Caroline. Caroline, of Washington, is accused of shooting a 52-year-old Herndon man to death during the robbery of a Columbia Pike jewelry store in July. Prosecutors and defense attorneys can begin the pre-trial work necessary to discover the relevant facts of the case following a hearing Thursday in Arlington Circuit Court. An Arlington County Grand Jury indicted Caroline on capital murder and weapons charges earlier this week. Thursday, Arlington Circuit Judge Louise DiMatteo set a status date of April 17 — a hearing at which point the trial date will be set. DiMatteo also appointed Ed Ungvarsky with the Northern Virginia Capital Defenders Office …
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Caroline accused of killing 52-year-old Columbia Pike jewelry store owner this summer.
An Arlington County Grand Jury on Monday indicted 53-year-old James Sylvester Caroline on capital murder and weapons charges stemming from the July 27 jewelry store robbery that left its beloved owner dead. Caroline, of Washington, was indicted on charges of use of a firearm during the commission of a felony and capital murder during the commission of a robbery. The grand jury convened at 9 a.m. Monday and heard a number of cases. The Commonwealth's Attorney's Office for Arlington and Falls Church drafted the indictments, and the lead Arlington County police detective on the homicide investigation testified. "It's just part of the process," Commonwealth's Attorney Theo Stamos told Patch. "We assessed the facts, we presented it to the grand…
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Case goes before an Arlington County Grand Jury in December.
James Sylvester Caroline, the man accused of killing a Columbia Pike jewelry store owner in late July, has waived his right to a preliminary hearing. His case will go before an Arlington County Grand Jury next month. Caroline, 53, was scheduled to have his hearing Thursday. Such hearings are held to determine if enough probable cause exists to send a case to a grand jury. Last week, Caroline waived his right to the hearing, Commonwealth's Attorney Theo Stamos said. His case will now go before a grand jury on Dec. 17. Caroline is accused of killing 52-year-old Tommy Wong during a robbery of Wong's jewelry store on Columbia Pike in late July. Earlier this month, Arlington Police Capt. Michelle Nuneville said some detectives didn't sleep for …