Man charged with Scott County murder

Christopher James Farmer was indicted by a Scott County grand jury this week on a charge of first degree murder in the death of Sirena Hale Flint.

Police say that at approximately 2:30 a.m. on March 30, Flint was located in a ditch along Route 65 in Clinchport. Flint, a mother of four, had sustained unspecified, life-threatening injuries and was transported to Holston Valley Medical Center, where she died less than a week later.

Scott County Commonwealth’s Attorney, Marcus McClung, told TimesNews that in addition to the first-degree murder charge, Farmer, age 28, faces six more felonies, including abduction, unauthorized use, felony murder, reckless driving while suspended causing a death, domestic violence (third offense) and aggravated involuntary manslaughter. He also faces three misdemeanors — DUI and two assault and battery charges.

Farmer is being held in the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail Authority in Haysi on a probation violation.

McClung said Flint and Farmer were in a relationship and Flint was a victim of a domestic violence.

Farmer will be arraigned within the next few days.

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