Bail denied in malicious wounding case

Christopher McCormick

WOODSTOCK – An Ohio man accused of attacking and injuring another man with a bottle was returned Tuesday to Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail after a bond hearing in Shenandoah County General District Court.

Judge Amy Tisinger ordered Christopher Sean McCormick to continue to be held without bond, at least until his next hearing scheduled for 9 a.m. Friday.

Tisinger asked McCormick if he needed a court-appointed attorney or wanted to hire someone on his own.

“If worse comes to worse, I may end up representing myself,” McCormick replied.

After Tisinger urged him to reconsider forgoing an attorney, McCormick told her he would “go with” someone court appointed. Tisinger appointed Charles Ramsey to represent him.

McCormick has been charged with aggravated malicious wounding and strangulation, both felonies that carry a presumption of no bail under state law. He is also charged with vandalism.

Law enforcement officials say McCormick, 30, attacked a 67-year-old man with a bottle Thursday outside a residence in the 1100 block of Copp Road in Strasburg. A brief argument preceded the incident.

The Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office said the victim was struck in the head and suffered cuts to the head and face.

Authorities say McCormick also tried to strangle the victim and destroyed his cell phone.

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