16-year-old held in I-64 shootings
One of two teens charged in the March 27 shooting rampage along Interstate 64 was ordered held without bond today in a closed Charlottesville Albemarle Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court hearing.
Judge Dwight Johnson refused to allow the press to attend the hearing of the 16-year-old Western Albemarle High School student who faces 10 felony counts in the gun play that terrorized members of the community and made national news. Five occupied vehicles were shot– four from the Route 690 overpass in Greenwood and one from the Ivy exit on I-64, and two people suffered minor injuries.
Johnson, most famous for sentencing a couple to eight years for serving alcohol to minors, closed the hearing under a Virginia statute that allows cases involving juveniles 14 and under to be closed and also allows cases involving older teens to be closed at the discretion of the judge.
Commonwealth's Attorney Denise Lunsford said only that the youth had been detained and the next hearing would be April 16. She did not comment on whether the teen will be tried as an adult, or whether the next hearing will also be held in secret.
"I wish I could share more," said defense attorney Dana Slater, who confirmed that she is representing the juvenile. "The judge directed us not to release any information."
Also present at the hearing was high-profile attorney John Zwerling, who represents the man who was shot by police during the arrest of Slade Woodson, 19, on March 28 at Yonder Hill Farm in Crozet. Zwerling declined to identify his client, who is still in the hospital, because it could identify the teen. The man shot was a resident of Yonder Hill Farm.
Earlier today, Woodson, who used a '74 orange AMC Gremlin during his alleged shooting spree, appeared in a Waynesboro court to face two felony charges of shooting into an occupied building and shooting out a vehicle window at a bank. A security camera captured the image of the Gremlin. Woodson requested a court-appointed attorney, according to the News-Virginian, and he is scheduled to appear at Albemarle General District Court tomorrow morning at 9am.