CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Charleston lawyer charged with attempted murder after a standoff with police in a South Hills neighborhood wants the Kanawha County prosecutor, who lives in the neighborhood, taken off the case.
Mark Bramble, 49, 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 Aug. 12.
On Tuesday, Trent Redman, Bramble's attorney, filed a motion requesting that Prosecuting Attorney Mark Plants recuse himself and his office because Plants lives in the same neighborhood as Bramble.
The motion says that Plants, as well as his office, "has far more at stake than his ordinary 'dedication to his duty.' ... [Plants] cannot only be described as a witness in this matter but possibly an alleged victim."
Bramble is charged with attempted murder and wanton endangerment.
Last week, at the request of prosecutors, Kanawha Circuit Judge Jennifer Bailey reinstated a $200,000 bail, overturning a magistrate's decision lowering it.
Magistrate Mike Sisson initially set Bramble's bail at $200,000 cash but, last Thursday, Magistrate Jack Pauley reduced that to $25,000.
Prosecutors filed a motion asking a circuit judge to reconsider the amount, which they said was too low.
Plants said Wednesday afternoon he would know within 24 hours whether he would fight the recusal motion.
"I'm in the midst of looking up case law to figure out the state's response," he said. "Of course, this is the first time in eight years this type of motion has been filed. It's also the first time a crime has occurred in my neighborhood."
Plants said he lives about 100 yards from Bramble and was home when the standoff occurred.
"It's within a direct line of sight," Plants said about Bramble's house. "I was home and heard shots and law enforcement came to my house and told me to get my kids out of the windows -- and we moved to a safer area of the house."
Plants added that he had already considered recusing himself, but added, "I want to do my job and I want to prosecute this defendant just like any other, but I'm bound by what the law says and am still in the midst of figuring out what the law says and applying that."