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Second suspect charged in connection with Wise County shooting

Mike Still • Feb 14, 2020 at 9:45 AM

WISE — A second suspect has been charged in connection with a Feb. 3 shooting in the Stephens Community of Wise County.

Police found Marshea Noel Absher, 29, Norton, in a car parked near a cemetery behind the Stephens Chapel Freewill Baptist Church on Feb. 3. Absher, who had been shot in her back, had been in an East Tennessee hospital until her arrest and jailing Thursday, according to Wise County Sheriff’s Capt. Charles Sanders.

William Mattias Mills, 35, Coeburn, was found near the scene of the shooting. According to investigators, Mills said Absher drove him to the cemetery where someone opened the driver’s door and began shooting at him. Mills was also hospitalized in Tennessee with multiple gunshot wounds.

Christopher Dale Stevens, 39, Norton, was found dead near the car.

Sanders said Absher was charged with abduction, conspiracy to commit aggravated malicious wounding and conspiracy to commit abduction. She remains in the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail in Duffield without bond.

Jarred Ray Hash, 39, Norton, was charged Feb. 3 with the aggravated malicious wounding of Mills and with use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. Hash was jailed without bond at the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail at Duffield.

Millis was extradited last week from Tennessee after his arrest there on a fugitive warrant. Mills was charged on Feb. 1 with felony malicious wounding and misdemeanor assault and battery after punching Steve Stevens in the face during an incident in a Wise apartment.

County Sheriff Grant Kilgore sad that Steve Stevens was the brother of Christopher Dale Stevens.

Sanders said the investigation into the Feb. 3 shooting continues. Anyone with information on the case can call the Wise County Sheriff’s Office Investigative Division at (276) 328-3566.