Bail denied in malicious wounding case

Christopher McCormick

WOODSTOCK – An Ohio man charged with aggravated malicious wounding after authorities accused him of attacking another man with a bottle remains in the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail after a judge rejected his request for bail.

The defendant, Christopher Sean McCormick, is being held without bond. His attorney, Charles Ramsey, had sought to relax the bond, citing worries about the medical care McCormick was receiving at the jail.

McCormick, 30, is accused of attacking a 67-year-old man with a bottle after a brief argument outside a residence in the 1100 block of Copp Road in Strasburg.

Law enforcement officials say the victim was struck in the head and suffered cuts to the face and head.

The charges against McCormick include aggravated malicious wounding, strangulation and vandalism.

Circuit Judge Dennis L. Hupp denied the defendant’s request for bail Wednesday, basing much of his decision on a letter he received from Penny Holt, the director of nursing at RSW.

Holt said in her letter that McCormick’s “medical concerns were addressed by requesting medical records, and … he was seen by the RSW medical staff and orders were received and carried out, including laboratory tests for a complete blood count and comprehensive metabolic panel. All these results were within normal limits.”

Ramsey told Hupp that he remained concerned about the medical care his client was receiving, but Hupp said Holt’s letter was enough for him to keep McCormick in jail.

“I’m not going to micromanage the care given in the jail for his problems,” Hupp said.

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