Alleged Columbia Pike Killer's Preliminary Hearing Postponed
Hearing now scheduled for Nov. 29.
The preliminary hearing for 53-year-old James Sylvester Caroline in Arlington County General District Court has been postponed from early October to Nov. 29.
Caroline is accused of killing 52-year-old Tommy Wong during a robbery of Wong's jewelry store on Columbia Pike in late July.
Preliminary hearings are held to determine if enough probable cause exists to send a case to a grand jury.
Caroline's attorney requested the later date, and Commonwealth's Attorney Theo Stamos did not object.
"We're also waiting for some results and for some more investigation to come in," Stamos said.
Stamos has declined to say what evidence would be presented at the hearing.
Under Virginia law, murder committed during a robbery or attempted robbery is a capital offense.
Caroline was on probation for a series of credit card fraud and theft charges.
Friends and family described Wong, of Herndon, as a hard-working family man and a beloved member of the community. More than 200 people attended a candlelight vigil for him on Aug. 1.