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Posted July 31, 2012 | 7 Comments
No bail for man charged with attempted murder of police officer
By Joe Beck - firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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.