|Judge concerned for safety of intended victim|
Angela Robin Nolen
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer
The Moneta woman accused of hiring a hit man to kill her ex-husband was denied bail in Franklin County Circuit Court today.
Angela Robin Nolen, 47, is charged with solicitation to commit murder for allegedly meeting with an undercover state police agent and paying him $4,000 to kill her ex-husband, Paul "Jay" Strickler.
Judge W.N. Alexander II denied bond due to the serious nature of the charge and the possible danger to the intended victim, he said.
"I don't believe the defendant is a danger to the community in general," Alexander said. "But I can't ignore the safety of the intended victim."
Nolan's defense attorney David Furrow argued that Nolan has no prior record and should be presumed innocent until proven guilty.
He said Nolen was "grounded in the community," having lived here her entire life and having a young child and parents in Rocky Mount.
Furrow told the court that Nolen needed time with her 7-year-old daughter to prepare the child for upcoming events, as well as time to prepare her defense.
Earlier today, General District Court Judge George Jones denied Nolan bond. Furrow immediately appealed the decision to circuit court.