Charges against three area residents charged in the killing of a Bealton woman in Fauquier County go to a grand jury.

Melody Dawn Glascock, 55, of Linden, appeared in Fauquier County General District Court on Thursday for a preliminary hearing. Glascock stood charged with first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder, attempting to solicit an adult to commit murder and destruction of evidence of a felony offense. The defendant exercised her right to a preliminary hearing.

Amy M. Cassandra, senior assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney for Fauquier County, prosecuted the cases Thursday.

At the end of the preliminary hearing, Judge James Gregory Ashwell found that the prosecutor presented sufficient evidence to certify Glascock’s charges of first-degree murder and solicitation to a grand jury. The court dismissed Glascock’s remaining two charges at the prosecutor’s request. The grand jury convenes Nov. 23, according to court information.

Glascock did not testify at her preliminary hearing, the Fauquier Times reported. Cassandra called three witnesses to try and establish a timeline of events that led up to the June 18 incident.

Maria Dawn Embrey, 40, and James Samuel Embrey, 21, both of Stephens City, stand charged with conspiracy to commit first-degree murder. Each co-defendant waived their right to a preliminary hearing and Ashwell certified their charges to a grand jury.

James and Maria Embrey remain in custody in the Fauquier County Adult Detention Center. Glascock is in custody at the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center.

Fauquier County authorities accused Glascock of asking someone to murder Bealeton resident Kelly Gray on June 18, according to court documents filed by a Sheriff’s Office detective. Deputies discovered Gray on the same day, dead from apparent stab wounds. The detective’s criminal complaint states that a concerned citizen came forward to authorities and told them about Glascock’s request. Documents also show that another concerned citizen told authorities that Glascock asked for a knife so she could kill Gray. Authorities report that they have video evidence of Glascock approaching the person from whom she asked for the knife.

Neither concerned citizen obliged Glascock’s request, documents show. Glascock then went to a store where she bought a large knife. Authorities reported that the knife used in Gray’s stabbing appeared similar to the one Glascock bought, based on what a store clerk told investigators.

Documents show Glascock appeared to have enlisted the Embreys to go with her to Gray’s home. Authorities reported that they have video footage of Glascock and the Embreys at Gray’s home.

Court documents state that the Embreys told authorities they went with Glascock to the store to buy the knife and then to Gray’s home, where they stood watch for the victim’s husband while Glascock went inside. Maria Embrey told authorities she went into Gray’s apartment with Glascock, who she said was carrying a plastic bag that contained a knife.

Authorities have said that the Embreys were outside the residence when the murder occurred and have told investigators they went back to Glascock’s house and destroyed evidence along the way, court documents state. The Embreys also have said that Glascock told them she killed Gray, the documents state.

– Contact Alex Bridges at abridges@nvdaily.com