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Accused assailants in attack on lawyer denied bond

A Fairfax County judge refused to allow release of a man accused of conducting what was described as a torture session on Arlington attorney Leo Fisher.

The Nov. 17 decision follows an earlier hearing in which bond was denied for the wife of the alleged assailant. Andrew and Alecia Schmuhl each are charged with two counts of malicious wounding and abduction by force in the Nov. 9 incident.

Both Fisher and his wife suffered what are described as life-threatening injuries. Officials have not released details of their conditions.

Andrew Schmuhl sought release based on his medical condition, The Washington Post reported. His attorney, Pierre Priale, said Schmuhl’s parents were available to care for him.

With other partners from Fisher’s law firm looking on, the judge rejected bond.

Testimony at the bond hearing indicated Schmuhl had sought personal details about other members of the firm of Bean, Kinney & Korman as he tormented Fisher at his home, the paper reported.

The attack is thought to have been in retaliation for the firm’s termination of Alecia Schmuhl several days prior, prosecutors have said. Both Schmuhls are attorneys.

2 comments

  1. I read that the Schumhls would be tried together and that the trial was to begin on Jan. 19, 2016, but I’ve heard nothing further. Has the trial been postponed?

  2. The new trial date is May 16.

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