The cases for a man accused of an assault in Front Royal, the murder of a 20-year-old and several other crimes were continued in Warren County Circuit Court on Monday as the county awaits approval to conduct jury trials.
George Good, 29, of Front Royal, was set for a trial Monday in the assault case, Judge William Sharp said. But because the county hasn’t been approved to hold trials yet, it was continued to Dec. 21 and Dec. 22.
Jury trials were suspended by the state at the start of the pandemic. As of Tuesday morning, 34 circuit courts around the state had been approved to resume holding them after submitting plans outlining how they would do so. Neither Warren County nor Shenandoah County’s circuit courts had been approved by that time.
In order to keep Good’s cases together, Sharp continued the murder case and the other cases to the same date.
Because the Front Royal assault case happened before the other ones, that has to be scheduled before the other cases, Commonwealth Attorney John Bell told The Northern Virginia Daily by phone on Tuesday. That creates a short turnaround for Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Anna Hammond to subpoena witnesses she has for the case, she said during the Monday court appearance for Good. But the Front Royal assault one needs to go first, she added.
Good is facing felony charges of malicious wounding, use of a firearm in a felony and possessing a weapon after being convicted of a violent felony in the alleged Front Royal assault case. In that case, Good is accused of pointing a gun at a man and later firing a bullet at him, grazing the victim in a leg, according to witness testimony in the case.
While Good was in custody for the Front Royal assault case, he was charged with the murder of Tristen Brinklow. Good is also facing charges of willfully defiling a body, concealing a dead body, and abduction by force/intimidation. Eric Crouch, 37, of Front Royal, is a co-defendant in the case and is also facing the same charges as Good.
The two allegedly assaulted and bound Brinklow, of Warren County, which led to his death. The two then placed him in a refrigerator and tried to cover it with vegetation at Digs Landing.
Good’s other cases involve gang and drug charges.