Woodbridge man charged in slayings of wife, officer held without bond

MANASSAS, Va. — An Army staff sergeant charged with killing his wife and a Prince William County police officer was ordered held without bond as he appeared in a pair of court hearings in Manassas Monday morning.

The Prince William County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office says Ronald Hamilton shot and killed his wife Saturday before turning a gun on police officers who responded to his Woodbridge home.

Officer Ashley Guindon was killed and two others were injured.

“I call this an officer’s worst nightmare,” said Commonwealth’s Attorney Paul Ebert. “That’s something people don’t appreciate about our police officers, what they face every day.”

Hamilton appeared in court via video conferencing Monday and heard his long list of charges including capital murder and malicious wounding of a police officer.

The charges involving his wife are being handled by the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court system, which set a preliminary hearing date of April 19. The police officer-related charges are moving forward in the county’s General District Court, which has set his preliminary for April 18.

He was ordered held without bond in both instances.

Asked whether he would certainly push for the death penalty, Ebert told reporters “once we get all the background done and all the evidence in, I’ll make that decision.”

Nick Iannelli

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