CAROLINE, VA (WWBT) - Two men accused in a violent attempted robbery at a Caroline County truck stop appeared in court today. Surveillance cameras captured the crime at the Mr. Fuel on May 8. A good samaritan who foiled the robbery with a beer bottle survived four gunshot wounds.
The prosecutor is moving forward with charges on only one of the suspects. Warren Brown is the suspected triggerman. Authorities say Winston Oliver was Brown's getaway driver. But in a strategic move, the Caroline Commonwealth's Attorney chose not to prosecute Oliver at this time. Brown's case goes to the grand jury next month.
Brown seemed perplexed as he watched the surveillance video in court. His attorney told the judge Brown claimed he was with his mother on the day in question. But an investigator testified Brown said he was with his friend, Oliver, and that after he told Oliver he had money issues Oliver asked him to go somewhere.
The investigator says Brown claims he crawled into the back of Oliver's SUV and fell asleep. The investigator says when Brown woke up they were parked at a hotel next to Mr. Fuel and that Oliver told Brown to rob the business.
According to an investigator, Brown said Oliver told him he used to work at Mr. Fuel and that there were no surveillance cameras just monitors. Brown said "no" to robbing the place at first because he didn't want to end up on the late breaking news.
The investigator says Brown then told Oliver he'd do it. A good samaritan was shot. The investigator says Brown told him he had his finger on the trigger but the gun went off three to four times and that he was deeply, deeply sorry.
"The Caroline County Sheriff's Office did an amazingly good job investigating this case and finding the individuals responsible," said Caroline Commonwealth's Attorney Tony Spencer.
Brown's attorney questions whether there is premeditation for the attempted capital murder charge and believes there's insufficient evidence to prove intent. He also doesn't think his client will get a fair trial now that the surveillance video has gone viral. Brown and Oliver remain in jail.
Oliver will return to court next week after he was arrested today on new charges that according to the prosecutor stem from a 2008 hotel robbery and two burglaries in 2009 all in Caroline County. A court date will be determined for Brown next month.