Malicious wounding defendant again denied bond

Christopher McCormick

WOODSTOCK – A man accused of strangling and assaulting another man was denied bond in Shenandoah County General District Court on Friday for a second time.

Christopher Sean McCormick, 30, of North Canton, Ohio, has been charged with aggravated malicious wounding, strangulation and destruction of property. Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office deputies had responded to 1115 Copp Road in Strasburg on Sept. 1 for a reported assault.

According to McCormick’s arrest warrant, he told law enforcement he had hit the victim in the head with a wine bottle, put the victim in a choke hold and kicked him in the head. The victim’s glasses and cell phone were broken during the fight.

Charles Ramsey, the defense attorney in the case, explained how McCormick’s “modest” and nonviolent history helped in his case for bond. McCormick himself told Judge Amy Tisinger that if granted bond, he would be staying in Strasburg with a relative who was present in court. McCormick also mentioned that he had surgery in August for a bone infection.

Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Kristen Zalenski said that McCormick had told responding deputies multiple times of his intent to kill the victim. She also stated that the victim would need surgery on his left eye and could possibly lose the eye.

“He is still a danger to that victim, who was severely injured by his actions,” she said of McCormick.

Tisinger said that she was “overly concerned about the nature of the allegations” and did not set bond for McCormick, though she did note that two people came to court to attend his bond hearing and told him to “take comfort” in that fact. She said she would write a note to the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail records department to ensure McCormick is given adequate medical care following his recent surgery.

McCormick is scheduled for a preliminary hearing in Shenandoah County General District Court on Oct. 21.

Contact staff writer Rachel Mahoney at 540-465-5137 ext. 164, or rmahoney@nvdaily.com