FRONT ROYAL - Michelle “Missy” Henry, one of the five defendants charged by the special grand jury investigating the Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development, appeared briefly in court Monday and was granted access to documentation relating to her charges.
Henry, the EDA’s former administrative assistant, was charged in June on two felony counts of embezzlement and spent about a month in jail before being granted bond.
David Hensley, her attorney, noted in court that his request for more detailed information regarding the charges was denied three months ago.
“We just simply can’t do anything at this point,” he said.
It was previously noted during a hearing for former EDA Executive Director Jennifer McDonald - who has been charged on 32 felony counts related to alleged financial improprieties - that there are over 700,000 documents related to the case.
Commonwealth’s Attorney Bryan Layton said that “at this point,” the electronic documents take up 2 terabytes of storage.
Circuit Court Judge Bruce D. Albertson said that handling the voluminous documents is not “uncharted territory” but it is “rare waters.” He then allowed Henry and her lawyers to have access to paper copies of the documents.
Albertson said that Henry will be able to review the documents but she cannot take any outside of her lawyer’s office or make copies.
Henry is scheduled to appear at 8:45 a.m. Jan. 23, the same day a three-day trial is scheduled to begin for Donald Poe, a local businessman who also has been charged by the special grand jury.
Henry has waived her right to a speedy trial.