Abingdon man charged with murder after weekend shooting

Sheriff: it appears they had been consuming alcohol

POSTED: 11:51 AM Mar 13 2013   UPDATED: 11:51 AM Mar 11 2013
Abingdon man charged with murder after weekend shooting
WASHINGTON COUNTY, Virginia -

The Washington County Sheriff's Department arrested Timothy James Mitchler, 26, of Abingdon, on Saturday in connection with the shooting death of his brother-in-law.

Deputies were called out to the home on Whites Mill Road around 1:13 a.m. for a domestic disturbance and a gunshot victim. According to the press release, when officers arrived, they found the victim dead from a single gunshot wound.

Mitchler is charged with second degree murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

“Based on the investigation, it appears that both men, who were brother-in-laws, had been consuming alcohol and a physical altercation between the two ensued.  The accused, apparently, retrieved a firearm, a struggle began, and the weapon discharged, striking the victim,” stated Sheriff Newman.  

Mitchler was taken to the Abingdon Facility of the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail, where he was held without bond.