CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A man accused of going on a shooting rampage in an upscale Charleston subdivision will undergo a mental evaluation before a judge determines whether he should be let out on bail.
On Friday, Kanawha Circuit Judge Carrie Webster ordered Mark Bramble, 49, to Mildred Mitchell-Bateman Hospital in Huntington for a mental evaluation to determine not only whether he is fit to stand trial, but also whether Bramble is a danger to himself or others.
Bramble, a former lawyer in the Attorney General's Office, allegedly fired almost 50 rounds from several guns inside and out the windows of his home in the Sherwood Forest subdivision on Aug. 12.
Bramble also allegedly pointed guns and fired at police. He is charged with attempted murder and wanton endangerment.
His wife told police he had been agitated in the days leading up to the shooting and was apparently suffering hallucinations on the morning of the incident.
Also Friday, Webster granted a request by Bramble's attorneys to have Kanawha County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Plants and his staff recused from the case. Plants said he lives within 100 yards of Bramble; he was home at the time of the incident and heard gunshots.
At the hearing, Plants agreed with defense lawyer Michael Payne that he should not continue to prosecute the case.
"It's not whether [prosecutors] can move forward objectively, it's whether there's an appearance of impropriety," Plants told the judge.