Warren County Deputies’ court date is set in Prince William Co.

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An email from the office of Prince William County’s Commonwealth Attorney Amy Ashworth confirms a court date for Zachary A. Fadely and Tyler S. Poe.

Fadely is a former Warren County Sheriff’s Deputy and Poe is a deputy that is currently on paid administrative leave.

The pair are facing a joint jury trial date starting June 6, 2024 according to the Commonwealth Attorney’s email.

Fadely is charged with malicious wounding and Poe is facing unlawful wounding charges.

The charges stem from the pair’s encounter with 77-year-old Ralph Ennis back in April 2022.

There is also a motion hearing scheduled for March 22, 2024 according to the email.

Virginia State Police opened the investigation into the incident after Ennis was hospitalized following his encounter with Fadely and Poe.

Ennis may have suffered head trauma during a traffic stop and eventually passed away 13 days after the traffic stop.

The Medical Examiner’s Office did list the official cause of death as natural.

Fadely and Poe are facing a joint trial that is set to begin June 6 and projected to last to at least June 14, 2024.

Fadely faces a possible 20 years in prison with Poe facing 5 years if convicted.

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Medical Examiner’s report on the death of Ralph Ennis

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The death of Ralph Ennis of Pennsylvania was determined to be natural causes according to the just released Medical Examiner’s (ME) report.

An email from Administrative Deputy Arkuie Williams of the Richmond ME’s Office confirms the cause of death as natural.

Williams goes on to list the cause verbatim as complications from Alzheimer disease, cerebral amyloid angiopathy and hypternsive atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease.

No other information is allowed to be divulged according to Williams as the job of the Medical Examiner’s Office is to simply determine the cause and manner of death and nothing more.

The 77 year old Ennis sustained injuries in an arrest April 2 was treated at Warren Memorial Hospital then transferred to Winchester Medical Center after complications were observed.

Ennis passed away on April 15 while in Hospice Care in Winchester.

An internal and Virginia State Police investigation into the arrest has been launched with no results reported at this time.

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VSP investigate the death of Ralph Ennis

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The Virginia State Police (VSP) have confirmed via email that they have launched an investigation into the arrest and death of Ralph Ennis on April 2 in Front Royal.

VSP and the Medical Examiner’s Office are conducting  a thorough investigation of the death of Ennis.

In light of the release of a Front Royal Police Department (FRPD) video of the arrest and the other agencies investigating the Warren County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) is suspending its own internal investigation.

According to Warren County Sheriff Mark Butler stopping the internal investigation will ensure no interference with the ongoing investigation by any other agencies.

After the completion of the State Police and Medical Examiner’s investigation the WCSO will have an impartial law enforcement and civilian board conduct an investigation of the Sheriff’s Department.

Sheriff Butler reiterated his pledge of full disclosure in the incident and expressed thoughts and prayers to the family and deputies involved in the incident.

One deputy has been placed on administrative leave while another has been reassigned to administrative duties while the investigation is conducted.

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