Judge orders accused murderer held without bond

David Hoyle Jr.

FRONT ROYAL – A judge on Wednesday ordered a town man charged with murder to remain in jail.

David Glynn Hoyle Jr. appeared via video in Warren County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court on Wednesday morning for an initial hearing on charges of first-degree murder and a related firearm offense. Authorities accuse Hoyle of shooting and killing his stepfather, Warren Howard Ramsey, 59, on Monday night in the house they live in on Grand Avenue.

Judge William Sharp conducted the hearing originally scheduled for earlier that morning in the general district court. Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Anna Hammond appeared for the prosecution.

Hoyle sat in front of a camera while incarcerated at the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail as Sharp asked the defendant questions to determine if he qualified for court-appointed legal counsel. During the questioning, Hoyle rocked forward and backward in his seat, appearing to not look into the camera. Hoyle’s voice cracked at times as he responded to the judge, usually by saying “yes, sir” or “no, sir.” Hoyle wore a protective smock to prevent self-harm, jail Superintendent Russ Gilkison said later that day, adding that the prisoner is being held under administrative segregation for his own safety. Gilkison said he couldn’t comment on whether or not Hoyle had tried to harm himself, citing privacy regulations.

Sharp asked Hoyle questions about his finances, recent jobs and any assets. Hoyle told the judge he recently worked an odd job and received about $300. Hoyle said he owns a 1997 Ford Escort.

“I don’t have a bank account, sir,” Hoyle said.

Sharp deemed Hoyle indigent and that the defendant qualified for a court-appointed attorney. Sharp scheduled Hoyle’s next appearance for 10 a.m. Tuesday.

The judge said that, due to the nature of the charges, there is a presumption against granting a defendant’s release on bond. However, Hoyle’s attorney can ask for a bond at a later time.

A clerk with the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court said the only previous case involving Hoyle concerns a civil protective order from 2009 that was dismissed.

Contact staff writer Alex Bridges at 540-465-5137 ext. 125, or abridges@nvdaily.com