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Both Caroline, Stafford seek woman released from jail for abortion
A day after Stafford County officials announced they were searching for a woman who’d temporarily been released from jail for an abortion, Caroline County Circuit Court issued a warrant for the same woman.
Kristy Lechelle Cokley, 28 and also known as Kristy L. Eura, was listed as a fugitive and charged with four probation violations in Caroline.
According to court records there, she was convicted of four felony counts of forgery in 2010 and sentenced to 12 years in prison with all but 10 months suspended. She was also placed on indefinite probation.
A story about Cokley appeared in Thursday’s Free Lance–Star after the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office requested the public’s help in locating her after she skipped bond there.
That article was shown to Caroline Circuit Judge Patricia Kelly as evidence of Cokley’s fugitive status.
According to evidence presented at a September bond hearing in Stafford Circuit Court, Cokley was already out on bond for drug- and firearms-related charges in Spotsylvania when she was arrested in Stafford Aug. 29 on allegations that she and another woman stole $556 worth of clothes from a store in North Stafford.
Prosecutor George Elsasser said Cokley told police that her children needed clothes for school.
During the bond hearing, defense attorney Jason Pelt initially asked for his client’s release so she could help her mother take care of Cokley’s three children. When that request was denied, Pelt asked that Cokley be released long enough to get an abortion.
Judge J. Howe Brown denied the request that day, but left the door open for the request to be reconsidered when more specifics were provided.
Another bond hearing was held Sept. 26, and this time another judge allowed Cokley out so she could get the procedure. Cokley was supposed to return to circuit court on Oct. 3, but hasn’t turned up.
Stafford Sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy said that anyone with information about Cokley’s whereabouts should call the Sheriff’s Office at 540/658-4400 or Crime Solvers at 540/659-2020.
In addition to Stafford and Caroline, police said Cokley also has charges pending in Spotsylvania County and in Fredericksburg.
Portsia Smith: 540/374-5419