Trevor Charles in court Wednesday morning

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On Wednesday, August 1, Trevor Charles will make an appearance in court for a preliminary hearing at the Roanoke County Courthouse.

This court hearing comes a month and a half after Charles was charged with three counts of first degree murder in the shooting deaths of three people on Bent Mountain on June 12.

He’s accused of fatally shooting 18-year-old Miranda Trump, 20-year-old Brandon Dekle, and 21-year-old Cole Kennedy.

Charles is also accused of three counts of use of a firearm in commission of a felony.

In court documents, Amy Charles, Charles’ mother, stated that her son does have mental health issues.

She also stated she knew her son had a shotgun while at the Bent Mountain Road home, and the two were together the day after the killings even stopping at the scene where Miranda Trump’s car was found.

Amy was unaware of her son’s involvement with the case until after he was arrested and confessed.

There has been speculation of conflict of interest with Charles’ attorney. Salem attorney Jeffrey Dorsey was appointed to Charles’ case on June 12.

Amy Charles contacted Deborah Caldwell-Bono, another attorney, when she could not get in contact with Dorsey. Amy states that her brief conversation with Bono should not have any effect on her ability to defend her son in court.

The judge in the previous court hearing decided to keep substitution of counsel allowing Bono to defend Charles in court.

The preliminary court hearing is scheduled to start at 9 a.m., and WFXR will provide updates as they become available.

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