Cyron Stokes enters guilty pleas related to murder at Christiansburg clinic

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CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (WDBJ7) The man accused of killing one and injuring another at a Christiansburg hearing aid clinic last year has entered guilty pleas in relation to the case.

Cyron Stokes entered pleas of guilty on counts of first degree murder and attempted murder Wednesday for a January 2017 incident at Anderson Audiology.

The judge agreed to dismiss a malicious wounding charge.

Stokes walked into the courtroom in shackles and showed no emotion as details of his confession to investigators were read allowed.

"The defendant stated that he had woken up that morning and began to think about killing someone that day," said Chris Dorsey, the Assistant Montgomery County Commonwealth's Attorney.

The assistant commonwealth's attorney explained on January 6th, 2017, Stokes first considered killing his ex-girlfriend, but after knowing he'd be caught easily, decided on Tracy Neyhart, a Blacksburg attorney. He wasn't happy with her representation of him. She wasn't in the office so he left and ended up at Anderson Audiology in Christiansburg.

"The defendant lastly told Detective Gunter, that it did not matter who was sitting at the front desk at Anderson Audiology, that was who was going to be killed," Dorsey said.

Stokes is deaf and was a patient of the hearing aid clinic. Amy Shrader was sitting at the front desk. He lured her into the restroom, claiming there was an issue, and locked the door behind him. That's when he told investigators he attacked her with a knife and sexually assaulted her.

He then left the business, hitting another employee in the face, drove home to change clothes, and was spotted driving on Cambria Street in Christiansburg where he parked his car and ran into a neighborhood.

He was caught, hiding in a crawl space underneath a home and was tackled to the ground by police.

Stokes told investigators that he was hoping to get shot by police while he was running from them. At one point even throwing a rock at law enforcement.

Stokes will learn his punishment at a sentencing hearing April 23 at 10 AM.