Woman Accused of Attacking Delegate's Wife Remains in Jail, Case Headed for Grand Jury

July 17, 2014

The woman accused of assaulting the wife of Delegate David Toscano appeared in Charlottesville General District Court Thursday, waiving her right to a preliminary hearing.

Claire Ogilvie has been held at Charlottesville Albemarle Regional Jail since her arrest in February of 2014. The 35-year-old former teacher is facing charges of armed burglary, abduction, and malicious wounding after allegedly breaking into the home of Toscano and attacking his wife, Nancy Tramontin. Very few details about the investigation have been released and all documents related to the case have been sealed by court order.

"It's because the case has a very high public profile and it needs to be sealed at this time so if there is a jury in the case than that jury isn't tainted by information that would get out prior to the jury being chosen," explain Jeff Haislip, the Fluvanna County Commonwealth's attorney called in to prosecute the case.

In a statement released shortly after the alleged attack, Tramontin said her family met Ogilvie during a Semester at Sea Voyage in 2010. She said Ogilvie developed an "unsettling interest" in the family, leading them to cut off contact with her in 2012.

Ogilvie's attorney says she has undergone a psychiatric evaluation during her five-month incarceration. "She is holding up as well as she can," Adam Rhea said after the hearing Thursday. "She's in pretty good spirits."

Rhea said they have not asked for bond and Ogilvie plans to remain behind bars until her next court appearance.

"In this case we felt it was in our best interest not to ask for bond," Rhea said. "It keeps everybody feeling comfortable on every side of this case."

The Toscano family did not appear in court for Thursday's proceedings. The case will go before a grand jury in Charlottesville Circuit Court on August 18.


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