The man who says he committed a workplace homicide in Waynesboro will now face a grand jury.
Boyd Wiseman told police in February that he killed his co-worker. Now, his defense team questions whether he was mentally stable at the time.
Monday, a judge decided to move the case to a grand jury.
The homicide happened in the early hours of February 27 at Drake Incorporated in Waynesboro. Coworkers found Jeffery Earhart dead when they got to work.
Monday afternoon the court heard testimony from the officer who was among the first on scene.
“No one saw what happened, could have been a heart attack…definitely did not think it was a homicide,” said Sgt. Brian Edwards of the Waynesboro Police Department.
Police found co-workers doing CPR on Earhart because they thought he'd had a heart attack. They didn't realize until a few minutes later he'd actually been shot.
Wiseman fled the scene but came back to police that morning and admitted to shooting Earhart. Wiseman later told investigators that he was on five medications - included Vicodin and Xanax - the day he admitted to shooting his co-worker. He repeatedly described feeling "foggy" in the head to investigators.
Wiseman’s legal team said Monday’s hearing went the way they expected.
"It went the way we thought it would. There's probable cause and it'll go to the grand jury. There's still a lot of work to be done, and there are a number of issues involved that we're going to be looking into,” said Jim Camblos, Wiseman’s attorney.
Wiseman faces one count of second-degree murder and one count of use of a firearm in commission of a felony.
Waynesboro police call this case highly unusual.
“There was no family relationship, there was no apparent drug motivation, greed,” said Edwards. “All those normal types of motives that come out in most homicide cases don't appear to be in this case, just appears to be workplace violence.”
A grand jury will meet next Monday in Waynesboro Circuit Court and the judge will set a date for a grand jury hearing. We're told that hearing will probably be sometime in August.
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Sean Cudahy joined the NBC29 news team as a general assignment reporter in April 2014. Sean returns to Charlottesville after four years at American University in Washington, D.C., but central Virginia is his home. He grew up in Albemarle County, graduating from Albemarle High School in 2010. Email/Follow on Twitter/ Full Story
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