Today in Appomattox County Circuit Court, bond hearings were held for two suspects charged in a Jan. 27 armed home invasion and robbery that took place in Concord.
One suspect, Melvin Edward Lee Martin, 31, of Appomattox, was denied bond. In handing down the decision, Judge S. Anderson Nelson cited the nature of Martin's alleged crime involving a firearm, plus his lengthy criminal history that includes previous violent crime. Nelson also said the presumption against bond had not been met.
Martin is facing eight charges involving burglary, abduction, robbery and a firearm. As a previously convicted felon, Martin had been prohibited from using or possessing a firearm.
A second suspect, Christian Matthew Hall, 23, of Lynchburg, was granted a $100,000 secured bond with conditions attached.
Hall is facing six charges involving robbery, burglary and abduction.
As stated in a Times Virginian online article posted Jan. 28, Martin and Hall, along with co-defendant Erica Leigh Mays, 37, of Madison Heights, were arrested after being spotted by Appomattox County deputies in a vehicle at about 3 a.m.
Mays is scheduled for trial in Appomattox County Circuit Court on Aug. 15. According to court records, she faces nine charges involving robbery, burglary, abduction, assault and larceny.
A fourth suspect in the case, Dakota Blake Fitzgerald, 23, of Madison Heights, was arrested March 14 on three charges involving robbery and armed burglary, according to court records. Fitzgerald was indicted on the charges by an Appomattox County grand jury on June 6 and is set for a June 27 bond hearing.
See the June 19 edition of the Times Virginian for court proceeding updates.