Smoot bond amended for mon­i­tor­ing de­vice

Rappahannock News - - NEWS • FROM PAGE ONE - By Patty Hardee Spe­cial to the Rap­pa­han­nock News

The bond agree­ment for lo­cal res­i­dent Randy Smoot, charged with first de­gree mur­der, was amended in Rap­pa­han­nock County Cir­cuit Court on June 7.

Smoot’s at­tor­neys filed the mo­tion, ask­ing the court “to amend the terms of [Smoot’s] bond to re­move the re­quire­ment to wear a SCRAM bracelet [to mon­i­tor al­co­hol use].”

Smoot, 47, of Flint Hill, was charged on Oct. 22 in the death of Jonas “Jay” Alther and was re­leased on bond in De­cem­ber.

At that time he was or­dered to wear a SCRAM (Se­cure Con­tin­u­ous Re­mote Al­co­hol Mon­i­tor) de­vice around his an­kle. Through con­tact with the skin, the de­vice de­tects the pres­ence of al­co­hol or il­le­gal drugs and trans­mits the in­for­ma­tion to a re­mote data sta­tion.

At­tor­ney Mark Williams ar­gued that Smoot was in­cur­ring ex­penses re­lated to the de­vice that he could not af­ford. In ad­di­tion to pay­ing an in­stal­la­tion fee for the bracelet, Smoot was be­ing charged a daily fee of $8.

And in light of the fact that Smoot had not vi­o­lated his bond in the six months since it had been granted, Williams asked that the de­vice be re­moved.

Judge Jeffrey W. Parker ruled in fa­vor Smoot and his SCRAM bracelet has been re­moved.

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