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Charges filed against victim in assault case

By Joe Beck

WOODSTOCK -- A preliminary hearing scheduled for two co-defendants accused of seriously injuring a man at his Strasburg residence was postponed Monday in Shenandoah County General District Court after it was disclosed that charges had been filed against the victim.

Charles Ramsey, an attorney for one of the defendants, told Judge W. Dale Houff that he had just learned that Donald Ray Alexander had been charged in late July with five counts of credit card fraud that may have a bearing on the case. The other defense attorney in the case, C. Todd Gilbert, also said he needed more time to consult with his client.

Houff rescheduled the hearing for 9:30 a.m. Oct. 27 for the defendants, Anna Leigh Holland, 32, of Woodstock and Michael Huddle, 43, of Mount Jackson.

"I don't know exactly the connection between these property theft and malicious wounding charges, but I understand there could be a connection," Houff said.

Holland and Huddle were initially charged with aggravated malicious wounding, but Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Louis Campola amended their offenses to felonious assault Monday.

Strasburg police say Holland and Huddle broke Alexander's ribs and jaw when they attacked him in an apartment on Massanutten Circle on June 25. One or both of the defendants punched Alexander in the face after they entered his residence and began arguing with him, according to police.

Police said Holland injured herself when she leaped out of a window and fell about 20 feet to the ground while trying to flee the scene.

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or jbeck@nvdaily.com

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