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Charges Certified Against Woman Accused of Killing her Husband

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The long-awaited preliminary hearing for Debra Washington wrapped up this morning in Augusta County.

Washington is accused of shooting her husband to death and hiding his body in July of last year. The defense has already hinted at a self-defense strategy in this case.

The 47-year-old defendant faces five charges, including first-degree murder, two firearms counts, and concealing a body. After a roughly half-hour hearing Friday morning an Augusta county judge certified all five charges to a grand jury.

Debra Kay Washington turned herself in to police last July just hours after the shooting death of her husband, Clarence Henry Washington. A deputy testified that he found the body covered in leaves, dirt and debris near a campsite off the coal road in a remote part of Augusta County.

One witness testified that a distraught Debra Washington was scratched and bruised as she admitted killing her husband in a struggle.  Court records show a long history of domestic violence between the couple.

But prosecutors have also said the defendant bought ammo for the alleged murder weapon just one week before the shooting.

A grand jury hears the case later this month.

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