Va. man convicted in wife’s murder, shoots self to death at courthouse

April 13th, 2015 by Staff

Authorities say Faville died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

(WDBJ7.COM) CHRISTIANBURG, Va. – A man who was found guilty for the death of his wife killed himself at the Montgomery County Courthouse on Friday shortly after being convicted.

Mark Ward Faville was pronounced dead at the courthouse from an apparent self-inflicted wound, according to the Christiansburg Police Department. This happened around 3 pm. Friday, moments after he was convicted for voluntary manslaughter, according to Faville’s attorney Jimmy Turk.

“The deputy simply came over, very politely, and said you’re going to have to come with me,” Turk said. “He (Faville) walked away and went in the back, and then things got pretty chaotic.”

The court room quickly went on lock down, and everyone was then removed according to Turk. He said Faville’s second wife was in the court room and he never saw anything out of the ordinary.

“As an officer of the court, If I were to suspect anything I would certainly never hesitate to tell the professionals at the court house,” Turk said.

Mark Faville was on trial for the 2000 death of his wife, Anne Faville. Anne Faville was found unresponsive in their Mount Tabor Road Home on March 7, 2000. She later died at the hospital.

Michael Shroyer was a photographer in the court room and said most of the family had filed out by the time the commotion started. He said he heard “drop it, drop it, drop it.”

Turk said he heard the same thing and then heard loud screams for medical help.

It still is not clear what police wanted Faville to drop. This result came as a shock to an alternate juror we spoke to.

“It makes my blood run cold, I couldn’t imagine having to go through that,” Rebekah Grace Wimmer said. “To intimately know this man’s life and what happened with him and his wife, and to hear the testimony from his children, and then to see it go down like this.”

Originally, officials ruled that Anne Faville died from choking on a piece of chicken while eating alone in her home.

Investigators say new information came to light that allowed them to charge Faville for his wife’s death.
Anne Faville was an elementary school teacher in Salem at the time of her death.

In 2002 the Faville children filed a wrongful death lawsuit against their father. That lawsuit was later dismissed.

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