Witness-less: Curry prof's grand larceny charge reduced
UVA Curry School of Education professor Glen Bull was in Charlottesville General District Court March 21 to face grand larceny charges involving a purse.
The incident allegedly occurred July 19 on the 400-block of East Main Street on the Downtown Mall. According to court records, the items taken included a purse, designer wallet, MacBook Air, scarf, U.S. currency, and totaled a value greater than $200, the price point for grand larceny.
The prosecution has known since within a week after Bull was arrested that the victim would be in Italy and would not able to be a witness, Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Elizabeth Killeen told Judge Bob Downer. "We can't establish a value greater than $200 without the victim," she said, and requested that the charge be reduced to petit larceny, a misdemeanor.
Killeen also said she'd reviewed security camera footage from the unnamed establishment where the incident allegedly occurred.
Bull and his attorney, Fran Lawrence, who defended George Huguely V in the murder of UVA lacrosse player Yeardley Love last year, declined to comment after the hearing.
The UVA professor is national leader in the use of digital technology in instruction, according to a 2008 UVA Today article. He's a Willis Award winner for outstanding lifetime achievement in technology and teacher education, founder of the National Technology Leadership Coalition, and the co-director of the Center for Technology and Teacher Education.
The judge gave Bull permission to travel in April to Oak Ridge, Tennessee, for the National Engineering Forum, and to New York City for a 3-D Printing Conference.
The trial is set for June 3.