Hearing Postponed for Woman Charged in Assault of Del. Toscano's Wife

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The woman accused of attacking Delegate David Toscano's wife, Nancy Tramontin, after breaking into her home appeared in a Charlottesville courtroom Thursday for the first time.

Claire Kennedy Ogilvie, 35, faces charges of malicious wounding, larceny, and abduction by force for the attack that sent Tramontin to the hospital. She appeared patiently on camera from the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail until she heard the hearing would be postponed. That's when she loudly interrupted the judge - twice - asking the reason for the delay. It turns out it was her own court-appointed attorney who agreed to it.

Now, she'll likely stay behind bars until her next court date.

Ogilvie's attorney, Adam Rhea, said he requested the postponement because the special prosecutor is from out of town.

Fluvanna County Commonwealth’s Attorney Jeff Haislip was assigned the case after Charlottesville Commonwealth's Attorney Dave Chapman recused himself because he knows Toscano.

During the hearing, Judge Robert Downer said he was a neighbor of the Toscanos and offered to recuse himself.

Rhea said he doesn't plan to make that request at this point.

“If that looks like it is going to be an issue we will raise it later. At this point he says he walks his dog and says hello to him and he walks past,” Rhea said.

A statement from Tramontin says Ogilvie met the family when they all participated in a University of Virginia Semester at Sea voyage in 2010.

That same statement says Toscano's wife cut ties with Ogilvie back in 2012, when she became concerned Ogilvie had an unsettling interest in the family.

It remains unknown know why Tramontin was concerned about Ogilvie, or what the motivation may have been behind the attack.

Ogilvie is scheduled to be back in Charlottesville General District Court May 1.