Melody Fisher was released from jail after posting bond Monday and will remain on monitored home confinement while awaiting trail on allegations she helped plan the May 25 robbery attempt in which her alleged co-conspirator was fatally shot.
Fisher, 40, of Beech Bottom was released from the Northern Regional Jail in Moundsville after posting $100,000 bond. A bondsman posted $65,000, while the remainder was posted with a property bond.
Ohio County House Arrest Officer Dave McGlothlin said Fisher was placed on home confinement at a Wellsburg residence. She must report to McGlothlin weekly and submit to drug testing while free on bond. Fisher paid a $125 initial fee to be placed on home confinement and must pay $210 monthly while on bond.
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Melody Fisher was released from Northern Regional Jail and placed on home confinement after posting a $100,000 bond.
Ohio County Circuit Judge David Sims last week reduced Fisher's bond from $1 million, saying he believed she was neither a flight risk nor a danger to the community.
Dave Taylor of the Ohio County pretrial release program agreed with Sims and reported she has no history of drug or alcohol use. He added that in his interview with her, Fisher came across as a "calm, gentle person."
The prosecution is expected to present Fisher's case to an Ohio County grand jury in September. If indicted, Fisher will be arraigned and receive a trial date during docket day proceedings in circuit court.
Fisher had been in jail since West Virginia State Police arrested her on May 27 on charges of accessory before the fact to armed robbery and conspiracy to commit armed robbery.
According to a police report, Kevin Walnoha entered the Elm Grove Pharmacy, jumped behind the counter and demanded prescription pills from a store employee. When Walnoha turned a gun on a second employee who emerged from a back office, the first employee pulled a gun from a store safe and fatally shot the would-be robber. Walnoha died at the scene.
The pharmacy's video surveillance shows Fisher in the store less than five minutes prior to Walnoha entering, a police report states. Fisher reportedly fled the scene after Walnoha was shot and then abandoned the alleged getaway car before returning to Brooke County.