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Bail denied in West Side stabbing

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Kanawha County judge Thursday would not allow a woman accused of fatally stabbing her boyfriend on the West Side last month to post bail.

Judge Paul Zakaib Jr., said during Stacy McCormick's bond hearing Thursday that there is not enough evidence in the case to justify her release on the murder charges she faces in the death of David Snyder.

"If I'm going to err," Zakaib said, "I'm going to err on the side of caution."

On Aug. 16, police responded to a stabbing call at 1506 Washington St., and found Snyder with a stab wound to his chest. He was taken to CAMC General Hospital. 

McCormick, 30, told police that she stabbed Snyder during a domestic dispute, according to a criminal complaint filed in Kanawha County Magistrate Court.

According to John Sullivan, McCormick's lawyer, Snyder, 52, checked out of the hospital on Aug. 19, the same day he died, against doctor's orders. Authorities say that the knife, believed to be a folding knife or hunting knife, pierced Snyder's lung and caused a fatal blood clot.

Sullivan also said that during the dispute that led to the stabbing, McCormick was upset and Snyder was trying to prevent her from leaving, according to information relayed to police by McCormick's brother, who was in the home at the time.

"I don't know that this makes a strong case for intentional, premeditated murder," Sullivan told Judge Zakaib Thursday.

Kanawha County assistant prosecutor Jennifer Meadows objected to Thursday's motion to grant bail. The brother, Meadows said, was in the shower during the altercation and did not know what happened until he talked to McCormick afterwards.

Meadows also said that McCormick was suicidal and had been cutting herself and that she would be a danger to herself and others if released.

Zakaib agreed that the testimony of the brother was unreliable but said that he would reconsider another motion to grant bail once the case develops.

Reach Zac Taylor at Zachary.Taylor@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5189.

 


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