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Higher bond reinstated for standoff defendant

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A judge has reinstated a $200,000 cash-only bond for a Charleston attorney accused of shooting at police earlier this month.

Mark Bramble, 49, is charged with attempted murder and wanton endangerment. He allegedly fired dozens of shots from different guns and shot randomly inside and outside his house in the Sherwood Forest subdivision and at police during a standoff that lasted almost three hours on Aug. 12.

Kanawha County Magistrate Mike Sisson initially set Bramble's bail at $200,000 cash. On Thursday, Magistrate Jack Pauley reduced that to $25,000 on Thursday despite objections from prosecutors.

Kanawha assistant prosecutor Fred Giggenbach filed a motion Friday asking a judge to reconsider the bail amount. Circuit Judge Jennifer Bailey reinstated the $200,000 cash-only amount later that day, Giggenbach said.

Bramble remained in the South Central Regional Jail on Monday.

In the motion, Giggenbach alleged Bramble pointed a rifle at his wife before she was able to escape from the couple's home on the day of the standoff and said there were three children in the house across the street when he opened fire.

Bramble fired 48 rounds from several guns, Giggenbach wrote in the motion. Police said weapons found at the scene included a .30-30 Winchester lever-action rifle, an AR-15 military-style semiautomatic rifle, a .30 caliber M1 carbine, a Winchester 12-gauge shotgun and a 9 mm Glock semiautomatic pistol.

Bramble's wife told police that he had been agitated for several days before the standoff and was hallucinating before he started shooting on Aug. 12. Police said the standoff ended when Bramble shot himself in the head.

Bramble's attorney has said his client is suffering from mental-health issues and should be in a mental-health institution, not a jail.

Bramble had worked in the Workers' Compensation Division of the West Virginia Attorney General's Office, but had turned in a letter of resignation days before the standoff with police. He was hired last year by then-Attorney General Darrell McGraw.

Before that he worked at the Charleston firm Kesner, Kesner and Bramble. Bailey, Kanawha's chief judge, noted in her order that there's a possibility all of the county's circuit judges might recuse themselves from the case.

Reach Kate White at kate.white@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1723.


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