Wednesday a Waynesboro woman accused of gunning down her husband tried again to get out of jail, and again, a judge said no.
Debra Key Washington hid her face from our cameras outside the bond-appeal hearing in Augusta County Circuit Court. The 47-year-old faces five charges, including first-degree murder.
Attorneys sparred over the couple's long history of abuse and how it could hamper the search for an unbiased jury.
In arguing for his client's release from jail, defense attorney Tom Weidner cited cases of her husband's domestic abuse, unlawful wounding and violated protective orders.
Prosecutor Robin Boylan accused Weidner of trying to "pollute the jury pool" before trial.
Deputies found the body of Clarence Washington in a wooded area near Sherando last month. Prosecutors told the judge that he suffered numerous gunshot wounds, including three to the back of the head.
The commonwealth argued that she needs to stay jailed, to protect her from herself. Investigators claim Debra Washington later told them, "kill me, I just want to die."
Weidner said his client's aggression was aimed solely at her husband. Clarence Washington's alleged domestic abuse dated back a decade and continued up to just weeks before the shooting.
But the judge cited the defendant's own criminal history and suicidal statements and ordered her to stay in jail.