The case against a 24-year-old woman and 19-year-old man who allegedly concealed the body of a Poquoson man is set to head to trial.
Rachel Leanne Walters and Dylan Chadwick Wright appeared separately in the York-Poquoson General District Court Tuesday afternoon for preliminary hearings. Both defendants, with separate lawyers, waived their preliminary hearings, sending their cases up to circuit court.
While both were first charged with concealing a dead body, conspiracy to conceal a dead body and making a false police report, prosecutors dropped the conspiracy charges, only certifying two charges against each to a higher court.
Police believe Wright and Walters attempted to “stage” the death of Michael Sincoskie, 20, after he overdosed on fentanyl-laced heroin at Walters’ residence on July 7, 2016, according to court documents.
Although both Walters and Wright gave police several different stories in the weeks after Sincoskie’s overdose, investigators were able to talk to Walters’ neighbor, find Walmart surveillance footage to piece together what allegedly happened, court documents show.
Last year, police were called to a location in the woods in the 100 block of Theatre Road in York County at 10:46 p.m. July 7. Wright, the caller, told police he was drinking alcohol with his friend — later identified as Sincoskie — when they both passed out.
Wright said he woke up when heavy rain started, but could not wake his friend.
After investigation, police learned all three had been at Walters’ house before Sincoskie died. Walters lived in a camping trailer behind another man’s house, which is near both the Tabb Walmart and Theatre Road, where Sincoskie was found, documents state.
Poquoson Police also knew Walters frequently visited with Sincoskie and Wright.
At first, Walters said she did not know anything about either man’s whereabouts July 7, and denied she ever left her home, documents state.
During an interview, Walters’ neighbor told police the woman said she had been at Walmart that evening, and she was wet when he saw her.
Investigators reviewed surveillance footage from the nearby Walmart and saw Wright and Walters together, purchasing a red children’s wagon and leaving the store, according to documents.
Police later found the red wagon, which was broken.
In an interview with police several days after Sincoskie’s death, Walters told police she and Wright had “purchased the wagon to move Sincoskie’s body but because they did not put it together properly it fell apart so they carried his body to the location where the 911 call was made,” according to police reports.
Wright also told police he had taken bottles of alcohol from Walters’ house to put in the woods, but said the “false death scene” was Walters’ idea, documents say.
Walters was arrested in connection with the alleged crime May 29. Wright was arrested May 30, according to court records.
General District Court Judge Stephen Hudgins declined to release Walters on bail after she waived her preliminary hearing, referencing past drug use. Walters’ attorney, Paul Hubert, said she had not used drugs and completed treatment in the past.
Hudgins also declined to lower Wright’s $25,000 bond without seeing a drug treatment plan.
The next courts dates for Wright and Walters were not yet listed in online court records Tuesday afternoon.
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