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Leslie Deavers Defense Attorney Withdraws

24 August 2018 News

The lawyer representing, Leslie Deavers a woman accused of embezzlement and arson in the case of the VFW post 1860 in Front Royal has withdrawn from the defense. The accusations against Deavers, stem from the period of  January 2014 to May 1st 2015, during which time she allegedly took about $200 from the VFW post 1860. There was a fire at the VFW post and it was declared a total loss in 2015 with a total cost of about $700,000 for the building, and resulted in arson charges against Deavers.

She remains free on Bond, but was indicted by a Grand Jury on three charges in February of last year. The most recent issue is that the Commonwealth of Virginia’s attorney is alleging that she has used her lawyers services to commit a new crime. At this time, no charges have been reported but according to published reports, attorney David Downes filed a motion in Warren County Circuit Court requesting to withdraw as defense counsel in the case. in the motion he states, “Virginia Rules of Professional Conduct … permits an attorney of record to withdraw if ‘the client has used the lawyer’s services to perpetrate a crime or fraud,’” the motion states. “On Aug. 13, 2018, the Commonwealth has advised the undersigned that the Defendant is suspected of uttering an unauthorized check from a third party in the amount of $1,000 to retain the legal services of (Downes).”

Judge Clifford Athey Jr. has granted the motion and subsequently scheduled an appearance of Leslie Deavers in court on Monday to advise the court concerning her arrangements for defense.

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