With jury trials allowed to resume in Warren County, several cases were scheduled on Friday.
The cases against Richard Crouch, 37, and George Good, 29, both of Front Royal, were among the first to be scheduled for a jury trial, as priority was given to defendants who had been incarcerated, Judge William Sharp explained.
Crouch and Good were arrested in January 2020 in the September 2019 death of Tristen Brinklow, 20, of Warren County.
The two allegedly assaulted and bound Brinklow, which led to his death. He was placed in a refrigerator, which was found under some vegetation at Digs Landing.
The trial for the murder charge against Crouch was scheduled for Aug. 2-6 as his attorney Howard Manheimer and Commonwealth's Attorney John Bell agreed it would take about five days.
The case was scheduled at that date because of scheduling conflicts, and the state waiting for the return of evidence in the case, Bell told the court.
The state’s lab had an equipment failure leading to a delay in the return of lab results, Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Anna Hammond told the court.
A pretrial conference for the trial was scheduled for July 26 to discuss the case in advance of the trial.
The other charges Crouch is facing, including strangulation, are scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday. Attorney Eric Wiseley is representing Crouch on those charges and told the court a plea agreement is expected to be reached on them.
The trial for Crouch's codefendant in the murder case, Good, was not set as the state awaits the evidence from the lab, Good's defense attorney Aaron Burgin and Bell told the court.
The trial for Good’s charges of malicious wounding and use of a firearm in a felony, which stem from an alleged assault in Front Royal in November 2019, was scheduled, however, for April 29 and 30.
That trial is expected to last two days and if more time is needed, May 1 may be used, Sharp said. Good has filed an alibi in the case, which will lengthen the proceeding, Bell said.
The trial for a possession/transporting of a weapon by a violent felon in the assault case was scheduled for July 19 and 20. Good’s defense attorney, Aaron Burgin, did not want to have a potentially prejudiced jury from the trial of the other charges hear this case.
A third trial, for obstruction of justice charges that stem from the malicious wounding case, was scheduled for Oct. 7 and 8, as Burgin again did not want a potentially prejudiced jury.
A pre-trial conference for the malicious wounding trial was scheduled for 10:30 a.m. April 16. Good’s other cases involving drug charges, which are expected to be handled at a later date, were also scheduled for April 16. The murder charge case was also continued to that date.
April Marie Wright, 42, of Stephens City, who is a codefendant in the assault case with Good, had her two charges of malicious wounding and one charge of obstruction of justice continued to Tuesday.
Crouch and Good remain in custody without bond at the Northwest Regional Adult Detention Center and Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail, respectively. Wright was released from custody on a $1,000 bond.