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Scott County man indicted in wife's murder

Rain Smith • Jun 12, 2018 at 3:56 PM

GATE CITY — A Weber City man now faces a charge of first-degree murder in what authorities say was the strangulation death of his wife earlier this month.

According to Scott County Chief Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Dan Fellhauer, indictments against Jason S. Borders, 43, were handed down by a grand jury on Tuesday. He was additionally charged with new counts of aggravated malicious wounding and child abuse and neglect.

Fellhauer says two children were in the Borders’ Charleston Street home at the time of the killing.

Early on June 2, a 911 call sent police to the residence. Officers found Eva Marie Borders dead, but Jason was unaccounted for, leading authorities to alert the public that they were looking for him. Later in the day, he crashed his vehicle on Stanley Valley Road in Hawkins County and was apprehended.

At that time, Borders was jailed on felony counts of abduction, child neglect and assault on a child. An investigation into his wife’s death continued and included an autopsy at the Medical Examiner’s Office in Roanoke.

“Based on the defendant’s statements and corroboration of medical evidence, we believe her death was by strangulation,” Fellhauer told the Times News. “We believe the evidence shows this was premeditated, and his actions before and after (the murder) indicate the same.”

Borders has yet to be arraigned on the new charges, and further court dates are pending. Investigators believe factors in the killing were constant marital disputes and his drug use. 

According to Eva’s obituary, she is survived by four children and was a lifelong resident of Weber City.

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