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Posted at 5:53 PM ET, 12/ 2/2010

Bond revoked for teen murder suspect

By Tom Jackman
Tom Jackman

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Bond for Steven T. Smith, set at $25,000 by a Fairfax County juvenile court judge on Wednesday, was revoked on Thursday by a Fairfax circuit court judge, and Smith was sent back to juvenile jail.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.

ORIGINAL POST:
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.

By Tom Jackman  | December 2, 2010; 5:53 PM ET
Categories:  Fairfax, From the Courthouse, Homicide, Juvenile Justice, Tom Jackman, Updates  
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Comments


A bond of $25,000 seems somewhat light for the crime of murder.

Posted by: adjjones | December 1, 2010 6:38 PM | Report abuse

It would be interesting to know if the teen lived in subsidized housing. Gerry Connolly and Sharon Bulova have increased the number of low income housing in Fairfax County and when you bring in low income residents....you bring in low income problems.

Posted by: priveye | December 2, 2010 4:54 AM | Report abuse

To: Priveye
The first thing you go to is low income. i bet this boy will make bail and be at his parents big lovely house with an ankle braclet. I you watch you tube and some of the other internet outlets, you wealthy kids with nothing else to do out her doing this mess as much or even more that anyone else.

Posted by: bobby31 | December 2, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

The fact of the matter is, all kinds of people commit crimes, murder included. I can say that from experience after having lost a loved one. The only thing criminals have in common is stupidity.

Posted by: skinswitabullet | December 2, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

the low key presentation of this told me this was not a DC or PG county crime. Even parts of Montgomery county get the overblown media treatment. for a teen murder in the DC area, this is not getting the coverage it would if it happened in DC where it is actually more common. don't know this area at all, but the reporting and media coverage is peculiar.

Posted by: oknow1 | December 2, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Listen up everyone, those well to do kids in centreville involved in the big and awful heroine ring woke everybody up for good. There is not a single parent of a teenager who is ignorant enough to think that their kid is exempt. These things start with kids who raise themselves injecting their uninformed and warped perspectives on kids with functional parents. They sound good and they are convincing and mostly, they promote that they get to do what they want when they want. Point is that inattentive parents come in all colors, sizes,neighborhoods, and incomes. Can I get a witness?

Posted by: Riiinnng | December 2, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Listen up everyone, those well to do kids in centreville involved in the big and awful heroine ring woke everybody up for good. There is not a single parent of a teenager who is ignorant enough to think that their kid is exempt. These things start with kids who raise themselves injecting their uninformed and warped perspectives on kids with functional parents. They sound good and they are convincing and mostly, they promote that they get to do what they want when they want. Point is that inattentive parents come in all colors, sizes,neighborhoods, and incomes. Can I get a witness?

Posted by: Riiinnng | December 2, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Listen up everyone, those well to do kids in centreville involved in the big and awful heroine ring woke everybody up for good. There is not a single parent of a teenager who is ignorant enough to think that their kid is exempt. These things start with kids who raise themselves injecting their uninformed and warped perspectives on kids with functional parents. They sound good and they are convincing and mostly, they promote that they get to do what they want when they want. Point is that inattentive parents come in all colors, sizes,neighborhoods, and incomes. Can I get a witness?

Posted by: Riiinnng | December 2, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Listen up everyone, those well to do kids in centreville involved in the big and awful heroine ring woke everybody up for good. There is not a single parent of a teenager who is ignorant enough to think that their kid is exempt. These things start with kids who raise themselves injecting their uninformed and warped perspectives on kids with functional parents. They sound good and they are convincing and mostly, they promote that they get to do what they want when they want. Point is that inattentive parents come in all colors, sizes,neighborhoods, and incomes. Can I get a witness?

Posted by: Riiinnng | December 2, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

"Listen up everyone, those well to do kids in centreville involved in the big and awful heroine ring woke everybody up for good. There is not a single parent of a teenager who is ignorant enough to think that their kid is exempt. These things start with kids who raise themselves injecting their uninformed and warped perspectives on kids with functional parents. They sound good and they are convincing and mostly, they promote that they get to do what they want when they want. Point is that inattentive parents come in all colors, sizes,neighborhoods, and incomes. Can I get a witness?"

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You are absolutely right! I saw a story on 20/20 about the heroin problem among wealthier white kids, and how it has now become an "epidemic." Amazingly so, it doesn't become an epidemic until they discover the rubber hose and needle in their kids' bedroom. Oh, THEN, it's an epidemic!

Posted by: gitouttahere | December 2, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse


When you murder someone you are no longer a "boy".

Posted by: nuke41 | December 2, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

It would be interesting to know if the teen lived in subsidized housing. Gerry Connolly and Sharon Bulova have increased the number of low income housing in Fairfax County and when you bring in low income residents....you bring in low income problems.

Posted by: priveye

Yes, lets blame the democrats and the poor for murder. Its Gerry Connolly's fault. He must have allowed some low income democrat loving illegal or trailer trash into our perfect community. We are better than the rest of you because we are fairfax VA.

Posted by: ged0386 | December 2, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Priveye


I'm sorry, but when did Murder become a "low income" problem? Only poor people kill each other? Hmm... that's interesting.... Lemme guess, u probably believe only blacks and hispanics kill people, also right?

Posted by: jleary1 | December 2, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

thugs that commit violent crimes need no one to make excuses re race,religion,age etc. try them and fry them

Posted by: pofinpa | December 3, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

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