Clarke County court hands one more charge to man accused of killing ex-girlfriend, brother
By Alex Bridges -- email@example.com
BERRYVILLE -- Justin Shane Slater broke into a Clarke County home, killed his ex-girlfriend and stole her credit card last month, according to indictments handed down Monday by a Circuit Court grand jury.
The panel indicted Slater, 24, of 117 Buffalo Trail, Shawneeland, on Monday on one count of capital murder and a related gun charge. The capital murder charge accuses Slater of killing Kayleigh Marie Plamondon, 22, of White Post, and his brother, Gregory Scott Slater, within three years of each other, according to Clarke County Commonwealth's Attorney Suzanne "Suni" Perka.
Plamondon died June 10, Perka said. Authorities have not disclosed how Plamondon died. She was found June 13 in a house in Lost City, W.Va., four days after she was reported missing while house-sitting in Boyce.
The panel also indicted Slater on one count each of breaking and entering into a home at night with the intent to commit murder and of credit card theft. The prosecutor said it is alleged that Slater took Plamondon's credit card.
The defendant "is alleged to have killed a person in Clarke County and then another in Frederick County," Perka told Judge John Wetsel Jr., informing him of Slater's subsequent arrest on a murder warrant.
Slater stands charged in Frederick County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court with first-degree murder and a related gun offense for the June 10 death of his brother. Authorities found Slater's 28-year-old brother, of 293 Valley Mill Road, dead from a gunshot wound to the head.
A Frederick County Circuit Court grand jury handed down a direct indictment July 9 against Slater for capital murder of his brother and Plamondon.
The maximum penalty in Virginia for capital murder is death.
Perka said it was too early to say whether the commonwealth would seek the death penalty against the defendant.
Slater remains held without bond at Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center.
The defendant was not present in court to hear of the indictments returned by the grand jury. However, legal counsel representing Slater on his charges in Frederick County, public defender Timothy Coyne and attorney Joseph Flood, did appear.
Wetsel granted a motion by the defense to appoint Coyne and Flood to represent Slater on his Clarke County charges. Now in private practice, Flood is a former capital defense attorney for the Northern Virginia area.
Also, at Perka's request, Wetsel appointed Glenn Williamson to serve as a special prosecutor to aid her in the Clarke County case.
Perka told Wetsel the jail did not bring Slater to the courthouse in part because of the number of inmates authorities anticipated would need to appear for term day. Additionally, Perka said the jail kept Slater for security reasons following a recent incident.
For purposes of having Slater's attorneys present, Wetsel ordered the Clarke County charges be heard at the defendant's next scheduled appearance in Frederick County Circuit Court on Aug. 4. However, Coyne told Wetsel the defense was not waiving its right to object later to any combining of the cases.
The Winchester commonwealth's attorney's office plans to seek indictments today against Slater for an incident in which authorities accuse the inmate of assaulting two jail officers at Winchester Medical Center on July 3. Slater had gone to the hospital for an X-ray following an injury he sustained at the jail. Jail Superintendent Bruce Conover said Slater tried to grab an officer's gun during the incident.