Trials scheduled in Shenandoah County Circuit Court
WOODSTOCK — Two cases, one involving charges of sex offenses against a child and the other bearing a charge of attempted capital murder of a police officer and 14 other counts, were scheduled Wednesday for trial in Shenandoah County Circuit Court.
Richard Owen Keller, 41, is scheduled for a two-day jury trial scheduled for March 23-24.
Brandon Deshawn McClaney, 31, will appear before a jury for a two-day trial scheduled for May 8-May 9.
Though Keller was originally slated to appear for trial next week, his attorney, David L. Hensley II, requested a continuance due to difficulties tracking down a key witness to deliver a subpoena.
Keller has been charged with several sexual offenses against a victim less than 13 years old. A grand jury indicted Keller for the offenses that allegedly occurred in January 2012. Hensley said the witness, the victim’s mother, could have information that would establish an alibi for his client.
“I want time to adequately prepare for this case,” he said to Circuit Judge Dennis L. Hupp. Hensley added if his client is convicted, he could spend the rest of his life in prison.
Shenandoah County Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Louis Campola did not object to the motion. Keller agreed to waive his speedy trial rights before Hupp granted the continuance.
Along with Keller, McClaney and his attorney scheduled a trial date as well. A grand jury indicted McClaney in November for offenses alleged to have occurred in April.
McClaney has been accused of leading police officers on a 30-mile chase on Interstate 81. He is facing 15 charges, including attempted capital murder of a police officer, maliciously causing bodily injury on a police officer with the intent to maim or kill, assault and battery of two separate officers and an array of other charges.
During his arraignment, McClaney, represented by Assistant Public Defender Peter McDermott, pleaded not guilty to all of the charges.
Both Keller and McClaney are being held at the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail.
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