On the second anniversary of the death of Ashley Guindon on her first police call, the county's commonwealth's attorney says the trial of the man accused of killing her and his wife, and wounding two other officers, is set for August.
WASHINGTON — Two years ago Tuesday, Officer Ashley Guindon was just hours into her first shift as a Prince William County police officer when she was gunned down during a domestic call in Woodbridge, Virginia. She was 28.
Two other officers were severely wounded: Officer Jesse Hempen returned to the force in June 2016; Officer David McKeown has returned to work, but a police spokesman said he is not yet back to full duty.
Ronald Hamilton, a former U.S. Army staff sergeant who did two tours of duty in Iraq, is charged in the shooting of the officers, as well as the death of his wife, Crystal Hamilton, in the same incident. His capital murder trial had been scheduled for last summer; it’s now set for Aug. 13.
Prince William County Commonwealth’s Attorney Paul Ebert said Hamilton’s lawyers have “filed a number of motions. We have a motion at least once a month, and a number of hearings before the court.”
Ebert has been the commonwealth’s attorney in Prince William County since 1968, and he is known for seeking the death penalty.
Investigators said the three officers were shot while answering a 911 call Crystal Hamilton; they believe she was killed before police arrived.
Ronald Hamilton is also charged with two counts of malicious wounding, two firearms charges and one count of endangering the life of a child. The Hamiltons’ 11-year-old son was in the home during the incidents. He wasn’t hurt, and is in the care of other family members.
“It’s just one of those sad cases,” Ebert said. “It’s unfortunate that she had to lose her life and we’re hopeful that justice is done.”
Ebert is also hopeful the jury trial will get underway this summer. “As far as I’m concerned it will,” he said, “but you never can tell.”
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