A woman accused of taking part in a drug-related near-fatal shooting faced a judge in Waynesboro District Court Friday. Police believe she drove a stolen getaway car and nearly ran over one of their officers in the process.
After a series of legal maneuvers, 24-year-old Ashley Nicole Knight now faces two felony counts instead of three but prosecutors say they will re-introduce a third charge when they take the case to the Waynesboro grand jury.
During her brief hearing Knight acknowledged that prosecutors have enough evidence for two felony cases to move forward. Both of those charges are connected to a stolen 2012 Ford Mustang that Knight allegedly used to help a shooting suspect escape from Waynesboro.
In the process, police claim Knight nearly ran down one of their detectives on Hopeman Parkway.
That alleged getaway came soon after the April shooting of 37-year-old Jeremiah Woodson in the parking lot of Quadrangle Apartments. Woodson, who testified during an earlier hearing, suffered multiple injuries that had him in the hospital for more than a week.
He told a judge that the triggerman was Samuel Kevin Bridge, who was sitting in a car's front passenger seat at the time. Without saying who was in the driver's seat, prosecutors charged Ashley Knight with accessory before the fact, which could have carried a possible life sentence.
At her preliminary hearing, they told the judge that they plan to reduce that charge to accessory after the fact, a misdemeanor.
Federal marshals arrested Samuel Bridge and Ashley Knight in West Virginia, nine days after the shooting.
The criminal cases against Samuel Bridge and Ashley Knight are both moving quickly through the courts. They will go before the Waynesboro grand jury on Monday.
Knight is being held in the Middle River Jail.
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