By MELINDA WILLIAMS
A 41-year-old Pulaski woman accused of malicious wounding will have to stay in jail at least until her October preliminary hearing.
Pulaski County Circuit Court Judge Marcus Long Jr. denied Kathy Marie Estep’s request for bond, saying evidence failed to overcome Virginia’s “presumption” law. Under Virginia law there is a presumption for some violent crimes that no condition of bond would reasonably assure a defendant’s appearance for trial or the safety of the community.
Estep and her attorney, Greg Hagar, were seeking to overturn a July 30 lower court ruling denying a bond. Hagar said Estep was defending herself when a man was injured in a July 22 altercation.
Hagar said the man Estep is accused of wounding received a cut on the neck that wasn’t very deep. He said Estep contends the man assaulted her and then got on top of her, trying to commit a sexual assault.
The alleged victim “has a fairly extensive criminal history,” Hagar added. He said Estep would be living in Roanoke if released on bond. Due to limited resources, he asked that the bond be no more than $10,000.
Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Dina Branco argued against bond. She said officers were not able to find any injuries on Estep, but they did find a utility knife in Estep’s purse that is consistent with the wound the alleged victim received.
Hagar said Estep does have a wound above her eye that she says resulted from the altercation.
Branco pointed out Estep was on bond for driving under the influence and shoplifting when the wounding occurred.
Estep’s preliminary hearing is slated for Oct. 8 at 1 p.m. in Pulaski County General District Court. She also is scheduled to be in court Oct. 19 at 1 p.m. for trial on a May 31 charge of second offense drive while under the influence of drugs.