Murder suspect released on $100,000 bond
Pregnancy among main factors in Isom’s release
The Pipers Gap woman charged with second-degree murder in the October 9, 2013 shooting death of Kevin Heath Frazier is free on $100,000 secured bond.
During a bond hearing Thursday in Carroll County Circuit Court, Whitney Lee Isom, 28, was issued a $100,000 secured bond by Judge Brett Geisler. According to Carroll County court officials, five different people and a bondsman posted the $100,000 bond later that day for her release. She was being held in New River Valley Regional Jail.
Isom turned herself in to the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office on Dec. 14, 2013 after she was charged by a direct indictment five days earlier for second-degree murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. Those indictments were sealed until Carroll authorities could make an arrest.
On October 9 at 8:55 p.m., deputies from the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office responded to what was called in as an accidental shooting at 70 Rippey Hollow Road in Pipers Gap. Responding deputies found Frazier, 29, dead of an apparent gunshot wound.
Investigators from the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office and Special Agents of the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigations worked the crime scene. Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner said a 9 mm handgun was recovered from the scene.
Evidence taken from the scene was sent to the State Forensic Lab in Roanoke for further analysis. Frazier was also taken to the State Medical Examiner’s office in Roanoke for autopsy, as required by state law.
Isom was represented at the bond hearing Thursday by defense attorney Gregory G. Goad. According to Carroll County Commonwealth’s Attorney Nathan H. Lyons, Geisler mentioned the fact that Isom is pregnant as one of his main considerations for granting her bond. The bond was contingent, Lyons said, on Isom being placed on house arrest at her parent’s home. She can only leave for court appearances, medical appointments and to report weekly to a pre-trial officer, Lyons said.
Lyons objected to bond being granted to Isom.
“My objections were she was charged with a very serious crime. The code suggests the circuit court issue no bond based on the charges,” Lyons said. “The judge, one of the things that weighed on his decision was that she did have a place to live, her parents were willing to allow her to live with them, and the fact that she was pregnant. I also objected because she is obviously a flight risk, and based on the charge that she is a danger to herself and others.”
No trial date has been set in the case.
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