Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Bail Bondsman Shot From Behind; Man Admits to Shooting

A Richmond bail bondsman was shot three times from behind as he attempted to arrest a fugitive in South Richmond, a city prosecutor said today.

Chief Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney Matthew P. Geary said that James E. Carr, 20, has admitted to shooting James W. Woolfolk III early yesterday in a house on Joplin Avenue near Jefferson Davis Highway.

Carr was arraigned for Woolfolk's murder today by video conference with Richmond General District Court in Manchester. The hearing was conducted by video because of threats against Carr's safety by other inmates, Geary said. A preliminary hearing was set for March 26 in Richmond Circuit Court in Manchester.

Woolfolk, a 39-year-old Church Hill resident and father of a teenage daughter, was the first bail bondsman killed in the line of duty in the memory of people in the business. Jail inmates rely on bondsmen to bail them out of custody while they await trial.

Geary said Woolfolk died from shots to the back of the head, back of the neck and back. Woolfolk was attempting to arrest Carr for failure to appear in court last month on a charge of felony drug possession and three misdemeanor offenses.

Carr was arraigned today on those offenses, as well as a felony charge for failing to appear in court. General District Judge David E. Cheek Sr. set a trial date of April 2 on those charges.

In both cases, Carr was given a court-appointed lawyer, Dean Marcus, for his defense.
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