UPDATE: One Franklin County murder-for-hire suspect gets bond - WSLS 10 NBC in Roanoke/Lynchburg Va

UPDATE: One Franklin County murder-for-hire suspect gets bond

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Cathy Bennett's mugshot Cathy Bennett's mugshot
Angela Nolen's mugshot Angela Nolen's mugshot

4:35 p.m.

On-line court records show Angie Nolen and Cathy Bennett will have their preliminary hearings on March 21st in Franklin County General District Court.

The man police say is the victim in this case, Paul Strickler, said in a phone interview Friday morning he was still scared and "looking over" his shoulder everywhere he goes.

He said he had no idea why Nolen would want him dead.

Update: Friday, 9:15 p.m.

Judge increases Cathy Bennett's bond amount from $60,000 to $75,000.

Prosecutors say Angela Nolen is cooperating, outlining what she says was Bennett's role in the case.  Prosecutors say Bennett denies everything.

5:50 p.m.

By Scott Leamon

Franklin County commonwealth's attorney, Tim Allen, has officially appealed the general district court judge's decision to grant Cathy Bennett bond.

Franklin County circuit court judge William Alexander will hear the appeal Friday morning at 8:15.

Allen said he had concerns about Bennett being out on bail due to the nature of this case.

Angie Nolen did not appear in court.

Her next court appearance is scheduled for March 21st.

2:38 p.m.

From Scott Leamon, WSLS reporter in the field

Judge sets Cathy Bennett's bond at $60,000.

Franklin County Commonwealth's Attorney's Office plans to appeal, wants no bond for Bennett.


12:49 p.m.

From Scott Leamon, WSLS reporter in the field

On the arrest warrant for Cathy Bennett, investigators say she met with a woman on February 12, 2013, about hiring her son to kill Nolen's ex-husband.


12:17 p.m.

From Scott Leamon, WSLS reporter in the field

The bond hearing for Angela Nolen has been postponed.  I'm working to find out why.

The bond hearing for Cathy Bennett is still set for 1:45 p.m.


10:51 a.m.

The Franklin County kindergarten teacher accused of trying to hire a hitman to murder her ex-husband is due in court at 1:45 p.m.

Angela Nolen will have a hearing advising her about an attorney.

The hearing basically will determine if she wishes to hire an attorney, or if the court will have to appoint her one.

WSLS 10 will have coverage of the hearing starting at 5 p.m.

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