Judge refuses to alter bond for Preston woman accused of planning robbery of her business

KINGWOOD — Preston Circuit Judge Steve Shaffer refused to modify the conditions of bond Thursday for a woman accused of helping to plan the robbery of her business.

Rebecca “Becky” Davis, was charged in February with second-degree robbery in connection with the Dec. 21, 2016, robbery of Becky’s Hot Spot in Masontown. Timothy James Atwood is charged with committing the robbery.

Preston Assistant Prosecutor Megan Allender said that, if Davis is indicted in October, she will ask that Shaffer recuse himself from the case. She and defense attorney Ed Rollo agreed Shaffer could hear the motions Thursday.

Shaffer said he appeared with Davis at her arraignment, when he was a private attorney, but did not handle the case otherwise.

Davis was initially released on unsupervised bond. When she asked for and got permission to leave the state to visit her husband and son and go shopping, Senior Status Judge Larry Starcher ordered her to be supervised by the probation office.

Rollo said they hadn’t expected that to require home visits by probation, drug screenings, being barred from entering Hot Spots because they serve alcohol and being told not to take her diet and Vitamin B pills. He asked to go back to unsupervised bond and stay in state.

Allender objected, saying the conditions are standard and Davis just doesn’t like them. Also, probation would not bar anyone from taking a prescribed medication, she said.

Shaffer also issued an order to Masontown Police to provide Davis with copies of seized financial records within 15 days. She hasn’t been able to file her 2016 and 2017 taxes without them, Rollo said.

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