Man arrested for killing Pittsylvania County mother

Jason Rigney, 43, charged with first-degree murder


PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY, Va.UPDATE: Thursday afternoon, 10 News obtained a copy of the criminal complaint in the case of the murder of Heather Matherly.

It says Matherly died as the result of being shot three times.

The complaint goes on to say that the suspect, Jason Rigney, confessed to his sister, Roxanne Rigney.

Roxanne, according to the complaint, told investigators that Jason told her he shot Matherly with their father's .38 pistol.

He also, according to the complaint, told his sister that he missed one time and that he shot Heather in the head.

The complaint does not give any information about a possible motive.

Jason Rigney is charged with first-degree murder and use of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

He also has a drug possession charge against him in Danville.

According to the arrest warrant for that charge, cocaine was found by investigators as investigators were executing a search warrant in relation to the homicide.

The arrest warrant, however, does not say what property or what address was being searched when the cocaine was found and how, if at all, the cocaine may be connected to the homicide.

On Thursday, 10 News reached out to Matherly's family, but the family declined to comment.


ORIGINAL STORY: Pittsylvania County deputies have made an arrest after a 30-year-old woman was found dead in her home. 

Jason Scott Rigney, 43, was arrested early Thursday morning at an Executive Inn motel room in Danville. 

Rigney is charged with first-degree murder and the use of a firearm in commission of a felony. 

Heather Matherly was discovered in her home in the Brosville community of Pittsylvania County on Sunday.

A medical examiner ruled that Matherly was shot to death. 

Rigney is being held at the Pittsylvania County Jail without bond. He is set to appear in court Thursday.

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