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UPDATE: Tazewell man died during murders of father, stepmother

Investigators say a Tazewell, Virginia man, with a history of mental health problems, repeatedly stabbed his father and stepmother in the couple’s home in Abingdon.

According to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Jamie Grant Grace, 38, came to the home on Breckenridge Court two separate times on Friday. He first arrived in the afternoon, then left, and returned that same evening. During the second visit, some type of altercation occurred. Jamie Grace went to his vehicle parked outside and grabbed a baseball bat. His stepmother, Carolyn Christine Grace, 64, and his father, James Robert Grace, 73, were stabbed multiple times "in the upper torso" and suffered "blunt force trauma" to their heads.

Before James Grace died, he was able to pull out a handgun and fire three shots at his son.  Jamie Grace died from a single gunshot wound to his head from a .22 caliper weapon.

Investigators say Jamie Grace was voluntarily admitted to mental health facility for a possible drug overdose "in early July and was released on or about July 10, 2018." In both 2002 and 2006, he was involuntarily admitted to mental health facilities. 


Three people were found dead inside a Abingdon, Virginia residence residence over the weekend.

According to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, a neighbor called 911 Saturday morning after seeing a body visible in the doorway of a home on Breckenridge Court.

Deputies discovered two other bodies near the doorway. They also found a handgun, knife and baseball bat by the bodies.

Sheriff Fred Newman indicated there were no suspects at large. 

“Our investigation is continuing to determine the sequence of events that lead to this tragic incident," said Sheriff Newman.

Two of the bodies found have been identified as 73-year-old James Robert Grace and 64-year-old Carolyn Christine Grace. The couple lived in the home.

The third body found has been identified as 38-year-old Jamie Grant Grace of Tazewell, Virginia.

All three bodies were sent to the Virginia Medical Examiner’s Office in Roanoke for autopsy. 

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