Jury trial set in teen murder case

FRONT ROYAL — A jury trial in the case involving the Gore teen accused of stabbing his girlfriend to death in March was set on Monday for early 2018.

The psychological evaluation for Bailey Lincoln Powell, 18, which was ordered on June 28 to determine his mental competency at the time of the offense, was not ready on Monday’s hearing date. The defense counsel, David Hensley and William “Beau” Bassler, along with Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Bryan Layton, asked that another hearing to be scheduled 30 t0 60 days from Monday after the evaluation is completed.

Circuit Judge Clifford L. Athey Jr. told the attorneys to place the hearing on the next term day after the results are available, which in Warren County is routinely the first Monday of the month. Athey also suggested setting the trail date because of how quickly his schedule fills.

A five-day jury trial was set for Feb. 12-16, in Warren County Circuit Court. A pretrial hearing was set for Feb. 8 to hear any motions about evidence or witnesses in the case.