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No bail for man charged with attempted murder of police officer

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Clyde Eugene Burrell Jr.

By Joe Beck - jbeck@nvdaily.com

Clyde Eugene Burrell Jr., the Front Royal man charged with attempted capital murder of a Front Royal police officer, remained in jail Tuesday after a bond hearing in Warren County General District Court.

Judge W. Dale Houff ordered Burrell held without bail and also ordered a public defender for him.

Court documents show Burrell declared he has no job or financial assets.

Burrell, 33, is also charged with assault and battery of a law enforcement officer and maliciously causing bodily injury. The victim in the case, Sgt. Bryan Courtney, was released from Warren Memorial Hospital on Monday after being treated for injuries suffered during a Saturday night struggle in which authorities say he was fighting for his life.

Front Royal police say Burrell knocked Courtney to the ground after the sergeant had stopped to speak to him in connection with a report of a drunken man exposing himself in public on North Shenandoah Avenue around 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

Court documents say Burrell and Courtney wrestled for control of Courtney's baton as Burrell pinned the sergeant with his legs and slammed Courtney's head on the pavement several times. Police also say Burrell hit Courtney in the face and about the head with the baton several times.

Court documents list Burrell as 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighing 288 pounds.

Detective Jason Lethcoe arrived on the scene and tackled Burrell as the defendant raised the baton over his head and was about to hit Courtney again, according to a criminal complaint in General District Court.

Lethcoe continued to struggle with Burrell and eventually subdued him with the help of a passerby, authorities said.

Lethcoe was treated and released from Warren Memorial Hospital for injuries sustained in the fight.

Burrell has also been charged with assault and battery to a police officer for his alleged actions involving Lethcoe.

After his bond hearing, Burrell appeared several hours later in Warren County Circuit Court. Judge Dennis L. Hupp was told by Commonwealth's Attorney Brian Madden that he was charging Burrell with violating probation and would seek revocation.

Burrell was represented at the hearing by assistant public defender Bill Olien.

The conviction underlying Burrell's probation is for assault and battery of a
law enforcement officer stemming from an incident in March 2010.

Court documents list an address on 11th Street in Front Royal for Burrell, although family members at that residence deny he has ever lived there.

A hearing on Burrell's alleged probation violation is scheduled for Aug. 7 in Warren County Circuit Court.

His next scheduled appearance on the charges linked to his Saturday night arrest will be in General District Court at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 19.


GOOD, hopefully it will take a few decades to bring this animal to trial. It's the only way to keep guys like this off the streets.

Once he gets into our NO JUSTICE courtrooms he be painted as a poor guy with a sad childhood, no job (because he is too busy beating his wife and police), etc., etc. We know the drill, caught and release the thugs and wonder why our crime rate is increasing

I say it is good too. BECAUSE this man wants a roof over his head, he has no family and is tired of living on the streets, waking up hungry and no one to talk to. Now, he has food and shelter, that is all that he cares about.

You know what he has a family. A family that loves him and is standing by him. You people need to know your facts before you open your mouths. Keep judging you will have to face your judgement day as well. And I am sure you are not perfect!!!!

This is also what happens when we have no place for people who are mentally ill. The vast majority of services that used to be available to them are gone. Working with a nonprofit that served homeless in Fairfax a few years ago, I learned that many of the homeless are people with mental illness. Without money, there is no place for them to go.

So the way I am reading this is that if you are standing by him, you are saying that it was okay for him to try and kill Sgt. Courtney. This officer was doing his job and was assaulted and could have been killed. What if Det. Lethcoe would have shot him, then you would be saying that it was excessive force because he has issues!! When a man is being beaten and he is fighting for his life, it doesn't matter what the underlying issues are. I think Clyde should thank the officers for not shooting him and allowing his presence on this earth to continue. Just my opinion.

OMG!! cry me a freken river.........mentally ill or not, this guy attacked an officer, beating his head into the ground and took the officer's baton and was hitting him numerous times. can we say fearful for his life!! the officer should of fired his gun on him to get him off, obviously the officer was way over matched!

OMG, hope Burrell rots in jail. Too bad Detective Lethcoe didn't have the time to call in all the K-9 units in the area and released every dog available on that monster! Mental or not, it's no excuse for what he did - if there's no room in an insane facility, let Burrell spend his time in prison! He deserves what he gets and let's hope the justice system prevails in this case!!

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