CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Boone County prosecuting attorney will handle the case of Mark Bramble, who is accused of firing shots at police from his home in the Sherwood Forest subdivision in Charleston.
Keith Randolph will prosecute the case, according to Philip Morrison, executive director of the West Virginia Prosecuting Attorneys Institute.
Kanawha County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Plants stepped away from the case because he's Bramble's neighbor and was at home during the incident.
Bramble, 49. a former lawyer in the state Attorney General's Office, allegedly fired almost 50 rounds from several guns inside and out the windows of his home on Aug. 12.
He is charged with attempted murder and wanton endangerment.
Kanawha Circuit Judge Carrie Webster ordered Bramble 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.
Morrison said Fayette County Prosecuting Attorney Carl Harris would serve as a backup for Randolph.
Bramble's 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.
Bramble's initial bond was set at $200,000 cash, an amount his attorneys have been trying to get reduced. At one point, Magistrate Jack Pauley ordered bail reduced to $25,000, but Circuit Judge Jennifer Bailey ordered it reinstated after prosecutors objected. The case was transferred to Webster after Bailey and several other Kanawha County judges recused themselves.
Webster said last month she would wait to set a final bond until after the mental evaluation.
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