Bestiality defendant waives speedy trial

Jordan Elise Henderson

WOODSTOCK – A woman facing three charges linked to accusations that she performed sexual intercourse with a dog waived her right to a speedy trial at a hearing Wednesday in Shenandoah County Circuit Court.

The defendant, Jordan Elise Henderson, formerly of Mount Jackson, was scheduled for another court appearance at 2 p.m. Sept. 14 by Circuit Judge Dennis L. Hupp.

Henderson, who is now living in Danville, appeared with her attorney, Assistant Public Defender Peter McDermott.

“She’s waived speedy trial rights, and the case is continued until Sept. 14 at 2 p.m.,” Hupp said.

State law requires that an accused felon who is not in jail must be tried within nine months of being indicted or the case against her will be dismissed. A grand jury indicted Henderson in May.

Law enforcement officials in Fairfax, Prince William and Shenandoah counties targeted Henderson during an investigation that began with a woman who told detectives that her husband and Henderson had been in contact with each other through several forms of electronic media.

The woman identified Henderson as one of the people in a bestiality video that also included the woman’s husband, authorities said.

Court records say a subsequent search warrant executed at Henderson’s home in Mount Jackson showed an interior and decor that matched what detectives had seen in an internet video in which a woman was allegedly having sex with a dog.

Court records also list several items seen in the internet video among the objects found in the search of Henderson’s home.

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