FRONT ROYAL - A Shenandoah County circuit judge denied another bond request for a man charged in the August 2019 shooting death of a family member.
Todd Anthony Bly appeared in Warren County Circuit Court via video from the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail for a hearing on his attorneys’ request for release on bond. Bly, 53, of Toms Brook, stands charged with second-degree murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.
Authorities accuse Bly of shooting and killing his stepson, Phillip Shifflett, on Aug. 21, 2019. Shifflett, 30, died from a gunshot wound to the chest, authorities have said.
Attorneys David Hensley and Ryan Nuzzo represent Bly and appeared at the hearing on their bond request. Nuzzo told Judge William W. Sharp that, if granted bond, Bly would stay with an aunt on house arrest and would wear an ankle monitor. Nuzzo said the circumstances since Bly’s previous request for bond had changed because the defense made that motion before the coronavirus pandemic. Nuzzo argued that Bly should be released on bond from RSW Regional Jail given the increasing spread of COVID-19 among inmates and the recent outbreak of the virus. Bly has been held at RSW Regional Jail without bond since his arrest shortly after the incident. Nuzzo also argued that Bly has had a jury trial canceled because the Supreme Court of Virginia has not yet approved the district’s plan for holding jury trials during the coronavirus pandemic.
Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Bryan Layton represented the chief prosecutor’s office for Shenandoah County. Layton argued that the court should not grant Bly’s request for bond given the defendant’s charges.
Judge William Sharp denied the request for bond and agreed with Layton. The judge noted that he did not expect to see the case go to trial as scheduled Dec. 9-11.