Bond revoked for teen murder suspect
UPDATE, Dec. 2, 5 p.m.:
Bond for Steven T. Smith, set at $25,000 by a Fairfax County juvenile court judge on Wednesday, was revoked on Thursday by a Fairfax circuit court judge, and Smith was sent back to juvenile jail.
Fairfax prosecutors argued Thursday that Fairfax Juvenile Court Judge Glenn L. Clayton II did not have the jurisdiction to set bond once he certified Smith's second-degree murder charge to a circuit court grand jury for prosecution as an adult. Fairfax Circuit Court Judge Randy I. Bellows agreed, nullified Clayton's bond, but then allowed Smith's lawyer, Cary S. Greenberg, to argue a new motion for Smith's release. Smith's family had already posted the $25,000 bond, through a bondsman, and he was freed on Wednesday.
Fairfax Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Camille Turner noted that Smith had been arrested on two felony grand larceny charges, for stealing video games, and was awaiting trial in juvenile court when he allegedly stabbed Wyatt Campbell on Oct. 12.
Virginia law presumes that bond will be denied to a defendant who has been arrested for a felony while already charged with a felony, though the defendant can try to contest the presumption.
Greenberg said Smith's conduct in the juvenile jail had been exemplary, and that he surrendered willingly when police obtained a murder warrant for him, nearly two weeks after Campbell's slaying. He noted that the felony larcenies were reduced to misdemeanors, and Smith was placed on probation. But Bellows said Smith posed a danger to the community, and ordered him held without bond.
Judge Clayton, in juvenile court, had ordered Smith held in the adult jail unless he posted bond. But Bellows allowed Smith to return to juvenile jail.
A 15-year-old Fairfax County boy was certified Wednesday to stand trial as an adult for murder in the October stabbing of another teen in the Rose Hill area of eastern Fairfax.
Wyatt Campbell, 18, was stabbed 12 times in an alley behind the Rose Hill Shopping Center on Oct. 14, prosecutors said in a juvenile court hearing Wednesday. Campbell's friend, Randolph Taylor, 21, of Fredericksburg testified that two teens he had not seen before had attacked him and Campbell at a nearby 7-Eleven store, and a few minutes later the four fought in the alley behind the store.
Taylor testified that as he fought with the older teen, who was wielding a replica handgun, he heard car windows being smashed, and Taylor thought that Campbell was using a golf club on his assailants' car. Taylor said he later looked over and saw Campbell on the ground, with the younger teen on top of Campbell, and that Campbell later stood up and said, "I think he hit me in my lung."
Another friend drove up and took Campbell to Inova Springfield Healthplex, where he died later that night.
Fairfax Juvenile Court Judge Glenn L. Clayton II ruled that there was probable cause to believe 15-year-old Steven T. Smith of the Rose Hill area was responsible for the stabbing, and sent the case to the Fairfax grand jury. Clayton then set bond for Smith at $25,000 and ordered him moved to the Fairfax Adult Detention Center.
| December 2, 2010; 5:53 PM ET
Categories: Fairfax, From the Courthouse, Homicide, Juvenile Justice, Tom Jackman, Updates
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