YORK—A York man charged in connection with a county homicide last month will remain jailed after a failed bond appeal Thursday.
Allen Dale Williams appeared in York-Poquoson Circuit Court to appeal a ruling made late last month in York-Poquoson General District Court that he be held in the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail without bond while his case proceeds through the court system.
Seaford, is facing felony charges of first-degree murder, malicious wounding, assault, burglary and destruction of personal property in addition to a misdemeanor assault charge.
The charges stem from the Nov. 15 death of Thomas Ragans, 46, of the 1500 block of Dandy Loop Road. Ragans died after suffering head trauma in a fight with a man who broke into his home early that morning. Ragans' wife, Robin, sustained a leg injury in the struggle.
Ragans, according to an obituary that ran in the Daily Press following his death, was employed at his family business at Ragans Auto in Grafton where he was shop foreman and part owner.
In the brief hearing, substitute Circuit Court Judge Thomas Nance denied Williams bond, said Eileen Addison, the York-Poquoson commonwealth's attorney.
Addison said no witnesses testified during the hearing. She added that Williams' attorney, Tim Clancy, argued for bail on the grounds that no weapon was used in the incident, and Williams had only one previous criminal conviction.
According to the Virginia Courts Case Information System, Williams was convicted in February 2008 of misdemeanor destruction of personal property. He was sentenced to a six-month suspended jail sentence and placed on unsupervised probation for two years.
Addison previously said the property damage case involved Williams going to the home of a man he was having a dispute with, threatening him and, while driving a vehicle, doing "doughnuts" in the man's yard.
Williams has a General District Court preliminary hearing on the current charges scheduled for Feb. 17. At that time, a judge will decide whether the case should be heard by a grand jury, which would decide whether enough evidence exists to move the case forward for trial.