A man and his girlfriend accused of killing the man’s wife, 42-year-old Dana Patterson Mackay, accepted court-appointed lawyers at court hearings Tuesday.
John Wayne Mackay and Nicole Michelle Houchin have each been charged with one count of first-degree murder and one count of conspiracy to commit murder. Dana Mackay was found dead Saturday in her home on the 100 block of Teal Way in the Seasons Trace subdivision in James City County.
John Mackay received Christine Andreoli as his lawyer, and Houchin was appointed George Brooks.
John Mackay, a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army who is stationed at Fort Eustis, went before Judge John Fairbanks IV via video in Williamsburg James City County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court, where he told the judge he wanted a lawyer appointed to him. When Fairbanks asked him about expenses he faces, he mentioned he pays $900 a month in child support for his two children.
A hearing has been scheduled for John Mackay at 10 a.m. Sept. 13 in Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.
Houchin went before Judge Colleen Killilea in Williamsburg James City County District Court. A hearing was set for her at 8:30 a.m. Aug. 22 in District Court. John Mackay is in Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court instead of District Court because Dana Mackay was his wife.
A bond hearing has not yet been scheduled for either John Mackay or Houchin.
The Medical Examiner’s Office in Richmond confirmed the cause of death for Dana Mackay was blunt force trauma to the head. Maj. Stephen Rubino of the James City County Police said in a news release Sunday that police found signs of a struggle inside the home.
Dana Mackay’s body was found Saturday by a neighbor who was following upon a request from an out-of-state relative who had not heard from her.