Judge continues attempted robbery trial

WOODSTOCK — Circuit Judge Dennis L. Hupp continued a bench trial Wednesday in the case against a Woodstock woman accused of being the getaway driver in an attempted robbery of Ben’s Diner in January.

Andrea Scalf, 43, is one of four defendants facing charges related to the attempted robbery on the night of Jan. 6. She stands charged with two counts of robbing a business with a gun, use of a firearm in commission of a felony and child cruelty and abandonment.

Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Louis Campola brought in two of the men indicted in the case as witnesses against Scalf: Andrew Shoemaker and Leonard “Spoon” Garris. Both men admitted to their involvement in the robbery during their testimony.

A third defendant, Raymond Washington, previously pleaded not guilty to the charges filed against him, and therefore did not testify in Wednesday’s trial.

The two men involved in the robbery told different accounts of the attempted robbery when they were first arrested and when they spoke to an agent with the Department of Social Services, Scalf’s defense attorney Margarita Wood argued during the trial.

Hupp said that he wanted to wait to hear closing arguments in the case until he can determine which – if any – witness’ testimony would be impeached because of prior inconsistent statements.

The trial was continued to June 2 in Shenandoah County Circuit Court. Shoemaker, Garris and Washington have hearings scheduled on June 9. Washington’s jury trial is scheduled for that day as well.

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