What started as an apparent domestic dispute case in Virginia Beach early last month has evolved into a matter that has led to criminal charges being filed against one juvenile male and a 56-year-old woman.
Considering the nature of the allegations and the fact that the only information currently available regarding it is limited to the police rendition of things, there’s a significant danger that the rights of the accused to a fair trial could be jeopardized. It’s always crucial in violent crime cases like this for the public to avoid rushing to judgment and for those charged to have the benefit of experienced legal representation in their defense.
What we know based on the information from the Virginia Beach police is that a 17-year-old male is now accused with malicious assault against another 17-year-old male. The woman, who was charged this week, is facing charges of obstruction of justice, several counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and making false statements to authorities.
The alleged attack occurred April 7 at about 4 a.m. Police say they were called to the scene and on arriving found one teenage male semi-conscious on the ground in the yard. The woman and the other 17-year-old male were also at the residence.
Investigators say they were first told that the injured youth had been drinking and that he fell and hurt himself. But officials say their subsequent investigation determined that the youth had been attacked with a baseball bat and had suffered life-threatening injuries as a result. He is reportedly still recovering.
At the time this is being written, the juvenile suspect in the case has been charged and may be being held in juvenile detention. The 56-year-old woman has been formally charged, as well, but is free on bond.
It’s not clear when court appearances have been slated so that the individuals charged in the case can begin to respond to the allegations that have been leveled.
Source: Daily Press, “Virginia Beach police charge two in connection to beating,” Andrea Castillo, May 9, 2013