WYTHE COUNTY, Va. (WSET) — Wythe County Commonwealth’s Attorney Mike Jones has announced that a suspect has been found guilty of the 2020 murder of 19-year-old Matthew King.
William Greg Akers, III was pronounced guilty of 1st Degree Murder and Use of a Firearm in the Commission of Murder following a two-day jury trial at Wythe County Circuit Court.
Akers, now 20 years old, was found responsible for the murder that took place on June 21, 2020, when he was only 17.
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“I would like to thank the Wythe County Sheriff’s Office and the Virginia State Police for their incredible work on this case," Jones said. "Justice was served today for Matthew King and his family. The day is bittersweet though, because I will never get to meet Matthew, who I have learned was a very beloved person by all. My only hope is that his mother Betty and his loved ones can be at some sort of peace now.”
The sentencing is scheduled to take place on August 31, 2023, at Wythe County Circuit Court, after the completion of a pre-sentence report.