August 1, 2018 - The 18-year-old man accused in the triple homicide on Bent Mountain in June appeared in court this morning for a preliminary hearing to determine if there is enough evidence to go to circuit court.
Trevor E. Charles, of Roanoke, is charged with three counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Miranda B. Trump, 18, Brandon D. Dekle, 20, and Cole P. Kennedy, 21. He is also charged with three counts of the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. The autopsy reports indicate that the victims died from shotgun wounds to the head. All three worked at the Bent Mountain Bistro and were found dead on June 12 in a house on Bent Mountain Road.
The mother of Trevor Charles, Amy Charles, took the stand as a witness and described time she spent with her son before and after the homicides. She testified that she knew her son had a shotgun and that he had been treated in the past for mental health issues.
Roanoke County police detectives also took the stand and described how they received the initial call to look for Miranda Trump. They were later dispatched to a house on Bent Mountain Road where they found the bodies of the three individuals.
The judge presiding over the hearing ruled that there is enough probable cause to move forward with the case.