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Augusta Woman Accused of Murder Appears in Court

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A Waynesboro woman accused of gunning down her husband and trying to hide his body made a tearful first court appearance Monday. Court records may offer a glimpse at a possible defense strategy.

A judge Monday afternoon told Debra Kay Washington "good luck".  She faces five felony charges, including first degree murder, for the death of her husband Clarence Washington.

Defense Attorney Thomas Weidner will handle her case, which begins with a preliminary hearing in October.

Washington, 47, spoke to the judge during Monday's brief advisement hearing and asked tearful questions about family members, and unattended pets at her Waynesboro home.

Debra Washington reportedly ditched her car and ran from Augusta County deputies on Friday, shortly after telling a relative that she'd killed her husband. She later turned herself in to police.

Investigators found the body of 47-year-old Clarence Washington that same evening, in a wooded area along Coal Road near Sherando. An autopsy showed he died of multiple gunshot wounds.

Husband and wife both have felony convictions in their backgrounds. Clarence's record included prison time for a felony assault in 2002, against the woman who's now accused of killing him.

Debra Washington is being held in the Middle River Regional Jail, but will likely have a bond hearing next week.

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