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Murder suspect free on $100,000 bond

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Judge sets bond for woman charged with second-degree murder

By Christopher Brooke, Reporter

HILLSVILLE — A 28-year-old Pipers Gap woman accused of second-degree murder from an October 2013 incident received a bond from the Carroll County Circuit Court last Thursday.
Before a crowd in the courtroom, Whitney Lee Isom was granted a $100,000 secured bond, according to court officials.
Isom had been charged by direct indictment with second-degree murder and use of a firearm in December 2013 after the shooting death of Kevin Heath Frazier at 70 Rippey Hollow Road in Pipers Gap.

Deputies responded after a report of an accidental shooting in October. The deceased had a gunshot wound to the head that appeared to have been fired from relatively close range, authorities said after their initial investigation.
Deputies looked into the possibility of a physical confrontation between Frazier and Isom at the door of the home at the time the gun went off. Authorities recovered a 9 mm handgun at the scene.
Isom tried to administer first aid to Frazier at the time of the incident. Deputies say she cooperated with the investigation.
Deputies, with the aid of Virginia State Police investigators, collected evidence to take to the forensic crime lab in Roanoke.
An autopsy was performed at the state medical examiner’s office in Roanoke.
At the Jan. 2 bond hearing, the court heard witnesses for Isom, including her mother, who testified that the accused could stay at her home.
Greg Goad is serving as Isom’s defense attorney.
Commonwealth’s Attorney Nathan Lyons told The Gazette after the hearing that he objected to bond being granted in this case, due to the severity of the charges, the risk of flight, the risk of harm to herself and others in the community.
During the hearing, the judge made reference to the fact that Isom is pregnant,  Lyons said. Evidence had been provided through a letter from Isom’s doctor confirming the fact.
The court, at the conclusion of the half-hour hearing, granted Isom the bond on the conditions that she has to live with her parents on house arrest.
The court will allow Isom to leave the home only to attend court hearings, meet with her attorney or attend medical appointments, Lyons said.
Isom will undergo pre-trial monitoring and will be subject to drug and alcohol testing.