EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSMan Accused Of Firing Shots To Receive Mental Evaluation; Special Prosecutor To Be Appointed
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Reported by: Bob Aaron
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Aug. 30, 2013 11:42 AM EDT
Updated: Aug. 30, 2013 5:21 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
A man accused of shooting it out with police and shooting up his South Hills neighborhood will get a mental evaluation at a secure state hospital before a judge considers cutting his bond.
The case against Mark Bramble also will be handled by a special prosecutor.
Those were the outcomes of a hearing Friday morning before Kanawha Circuit Judge Carrie Webster. Webster ordered him to be evaluated at a state hospital in Huntington to determine among other things if he is a danger to himself or others.
Prosecutor Mark Plants and his entire office are banned from further dealings with the case because Plants lived close enough to bramble's house to hear some 50 shots being fired.
Plants and defense lawyers had both moved to remove the Kanawha County prosecutor's office from the case.
A special prosecutor will be named by the Prosecuting Attorney's Institute. The judge said she will not consider lowering Bramble's $200,000 cash only bond until she gets the result of the mental evaluation. It had been cut to $25,000 in magistrate court before the circuit court stayed that change.
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