Duo tied to cabbie stabbing in court

Published 12:00 am Sunday, December 21, 2008


CHESAPEAKE — One of two charged with complicity in the robbery of a Huntington, W.Va., cab driver is out of Lawrence County Jail on bond.

Christopher D. Colburn, 24, of Proctorville, was released from jail Friday following an hour-long preliminary hearing in Lawrence County Municipal Court.

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Municipal Court Judge Donald R. Capper granted a defense motion to allow a $100,000 cash/surety or a $150,000 property bond for Colburn. The defendant is to be on home monitoring pending a grand jury appearance and allowed to leave only for court appearances and to meet with his attorney.

The same motion with the same restrictions was granted for Brandy D. Davis, 20, who lived with Colburn at a trailer park in Proctorville prior to their arrests by Lawrence County Sheriff’s Detectives Andy Sisler and Aaron Bollinger earlier this month.

As of early Saturday evening Davis remained in the county jail.

Both have been charged with complicity to aggravated robbery and tampering with evidence.

William Hale, 24 of Kenova, is currently in the Western Regional Jail in West Virginia under a fugitive from justice warrant. Detectives say he was the one who stabbed and robbed Walter “Corky” Asbury of Huntington in the early morning hours of Dec. 3 at the Exxon gasoline station on County Road 107 in Proctorville.

Following his extradition to Lawrence County, Hale will face charges of aggravated robbery, felonious assault and tampering with evidence.

During Friday’s preliminary hearing Bollinger detailed how the arrests of Davis and Colburn were made.

After the robbery, the two detectives canvassed a trailer park near where the incident happened showing a photograph of the alleged crime taken from a surveillance video from the cab.

Originally both Davis and Colbert denied they recognized the individuals in the photograph. However, in subsequent interviews the couple did acknowledge they were friends of Hale.

Colburn told Bollinger that he knew Hale and that he knew Hale had robbed the cab driver, the detective testified in court.

Colburn also said to Bollinger that before the robbery Hale had told them that he wanted to rob somebody and that he wanted money. Hale used a prepaid cellular phone to call a Huntington cab company requesting a cab to come to Proctorville to take him to an exotic dancer club in Huntington, according to Bollinger’s testimony about his interviews with Colburn.

Colburn also told the detective that he knew Hale had a knife, that he saw blood on the knife after Hale returned to the trailer park and that Hale had said the stabbing was accidental, Bollinger testified.

Interviews with Davis and Colburn also revealed that they received approximately $90 from the robbery that they said netted Hale $300 to $400, the detective told the court Friday.

Interviews also revealed that Davis and Colburn, along with Hale, took items from the robbery, including the knife, and put them in a garbage bag and took them to the dumpsters at an apartment complex near Ohio University Proctorville where Colburn’s father lived, Bollinger testified.

Under cross-examination from Davis’ attorney, Roger Smith questioned Bollinger about why his client first denied knowing Hale when the detectives questioned her at her home.

Smith asked the detective if he expected Davis to admit she knew Hale, “knowing he stabs people in the neck, knowing he is a violent man.”

“Mr. Hale wasn’t in her trailer. We were,” Bollinger replied.