Man indicted on attempted murder

Phillip Wilson

FRONT ROYAL – A Warren County grand jury Monday indicted a local man on attempted second-degree murder and several related charges linked to a shooting that left the victim with a serious gunshot wound.

Phillip Wilson, 36, is also facing charges of malicious wounding, use of a gun in a felony and being a nonviolent felon in possession of a gun, all offenses stemming from the shooting of Timothy Wayne Carter in Front Royal on Nov. 1.

Wilson, who is being held without bond in the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail, appeared in court with his attorney, Matt Beyrau, of Winchester. Beyrau asked Circuit Judge Ronald Napier to schedule another hearing in March.

Napier ordered that Wilson continue to be held without bond and agreed to set another hearing for 2 p.m. March 7.

Wilson is accused of shooting Carter when the victim tried to quell an argument involving the defendant and another man at 716 Warren Ave.

Court records say Carter pushed Wilson away after the defendant head-butted him. Wilson fell into a stairwell, produced a handgun from his waist and shot Carter in the upper abdomen, law enforcement officials say.

Court documents state that Wilson fled after the shooting and turned himself in to Front Royal police the next morning. He was initially charged with being a felon in possession of a gun. The other charges were added later in the investigation.

Carter was taken by helicopter to Fairfax Inova Hospital, where a Front Royal police detective interviewed him more than two weeks after the incident.

Commonwealth’s Attorney Brian Madden said in an interview that Carter is recovering from the shooting.

“He’s out of the hospital,” Madden said. “He’s weak. “He’s got quite a bit of follow up with physicians in Northern Virginia.”

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or jbeck@nvdaily.com