UPDATE: Wise Co. murder suspect denied bond in hearing


A Coeburn, Virginia woman charged in the felony murder of a Missouri woman following a December car crash was denied bond during a hearing Wednesday in Circuit Court.

Samantha Rae Dennis, 36, was indicted on seven counts in February for the death of Rebecca Williams Starling and she is scheduled to go before a jury beginning July 10 for a three-day trial.

Police said Dennis was trying to avoid a DUI checkpoint on Highway 58 in Coeburn on Dec. 23 and reached speeds of over 100 miles per hour when she hit Starling's car head-on. Starling was pronounced dead at the scene.

Dennis is charged with felony murder, eluding police, abduction by force, involuntary manslaughter, driving on a revoked license and two counts of assault and battery.