Navy woman shot by Norfolk police denied bond
By Janie Bryant | The Virginian-Pilot | Published: August 21, 2014
NORFOLK, Virginia (MCT) -- Jasmine Glespie, the 24-year-old shot by a police officer Aug. 3, came to court in a wheelchair Wednesday for a bond hearing on the charges she faces.
Her lawyer argued that Glespie, a sailor, had no criminal record and would report to a Navy unit if released, but a judge ordered that she remain jailed without bond.
Glespie has been in jail since her release from the hospital Aug. 12.
A Chesapeake prosecutor, Tina Brady, will handle Glespie's criminal charges because the Norfolk commonwealth's attorney is reviewing the officer shooting. During the hearing, Brady said police found about 50 people at the scene when they responded to a report of a disturbance on Glen Myrtle Avenue in Glenwood Park. Brady said Glespie was driving erratically and that she hit a woman with the car and broke her hand.
Police previously have said that Glespie failed to stop at an officer's command and that she was shot when she drove in the direction of an officer and bystanders at the scene.
Glespie's lawyer, Shawn Cline, told retired General District Judge Ray W. Dezern Jr. that he had spoken to witnesses who gave a different account of what happened.
Cline said his client's medical condition is stable but her care would be better provided by the Navy's medical staff. He said Glespie had 41 staples removed Tuesday.
After the hearing, Cline would not elaborate on what witnesses told him other than to say that it was "dramatically different" from what the prosecutor and police described.
He said he would appeal the judge's decision on bond.
Glespie's mother, Jacqueline Robinson, was visibly upset. She came to Norfolk from her home in Texas shortly after learning of the shooting when a reporter called her.
Police said they did not notify the mother because Glespie is an adult and did not have life-threatening injuries. Cline agreed that police were not obligated to contact the parent of an adult who was in custody.
Robinson said after she arrived in Norfolk, she went to the hospital and walked floor to floor, room to room, until she found police officers stationed near one on the sixth floor.
They told her she couldn't go in, but her daughter heard her talking and came to the door of the hospital room.
"She told me she loved me, and I told her I loved her," Robinson said.
Glespie has been charged with malicious wounding, attempted malicious wounding, and assault and battery of a law enforcement officer.
The officer who shot Glespie remains on administrative duty.
Janie Bryant, 757-446-2453, firstname.lastname@example.org
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