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Capital Defense Journal
CASE NOTE: COURT OF APPEALS OF VIRGINIA: Tibbs v. Commonwealth 525 S.E.2d 579 (Va. Ct. App. 2000) Winckler v. Commonwealth 531 S.E.2d 45 (Va. Ct. App. 2000)
13 Cap. Def. J. 233
Matthew S. Nichols
On the evening of July 26, 1997, Kelley Ann Tibbs ("Tibbs"), Domica Winckler ("Winckler"), Stephanie Cull ("Cull"), Dana Vaughn ("Vaughn"), Tracy Bitner ("Bitner"), and Stacey Hanna ("Hanna") drove to Marsh Field in Chesterfield County. Tibbs, Winckler, Cull, and Bitner planned to assault Hanna. Tibbs was angry because Hanna told Tibbs that Bitner was involved in a new relationship and no longer wanted a romantic relationship with Tibbs. The group assaulted Hanna. Winckler and Tibbs began the assault with hitting and kicking, and then began cutting Hanna with razor- blade box cutters. Winckler also hit Hanna with a belt and struck her with a cinder block as Hanna lay on the ground. The group left Hanna at the field, but returned after a few minutes because of fear that Hanna would report the incident. The women put Hanna in the trunk of the car and drove away. Cull, the driver, stopped the car along a back road. Tibbs, Winckler, Cull, and Bitner went to the back of the car and opened the trunk. Winckler demanded that Hanna give her the jewelry Hanna was wearing. Hanna asked to keep one of her rings, but Winckler took all of them. Cull drove the group to a secluded area where the victim was removed from the trunk and dragged under a fence and down a deserted path. Hanna's clothes were removed because they allegedly belonged to Tibbs. At some point, Hanna was pushed face down into a mud puddle. Bitner, ...
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