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Charges Filed in Richmond Writer’s Death 

click to enlarge Josephine Stone, left, with Quail Bell Executive Editor Christine Stoddard at Style Weekly’s Oct. 25 Top 40 Under 40 celebration. Stoddard was honored for her work with the fledgling magazine. - CHRISTINE STODDARD
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  • Josephine Stone, left, with Quail Bell Executive Editor Christine Stoddard at Style Weekly’s Oct. 25 Top 40 Under 40 celebration. Stoddard was honored for her work with the fledgling magazine.

A former valet parker has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection with the October death of young writer Josephine V. Stone.

Paul Peter Gray Jr., a 26-year-old Chesterfield County resident, was indicted Jan. 3. His lawyer was working with the commonwealth's attorney's office last week to choose a time to turn himself in, Chief Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney Tracy Thorne-Begland says.

Stone, 23, was a recent graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, a technical writer for health insurer WellPoint and managing editor of Quail Bell, a new Richmond-based arts and literary magazine. For years she was a popular server at Penny Lane Pub.

Stone was walking along North Fifth Street to a show at the National on Oct. 28. That's when she was struck by a vehicle being driven to the garage at the Hilton Garden Inn by a valet parking attendant, according to Richmond police.

She died three weeks after the publication of Quail Bell's inaugural print edition, before it was distributed. This month Stone's former colleagues released a new edition of the issue that includes more of her writing. Their goal: to distribute 1,000 free copies of the Josephine Stone Edition across Richmond. Donations to the project can be made through Kickstarter, a website that helps creative projects find funding.

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