Jury Hung In Abduction Case

Former City Man Found Guilty On Lesser Charge

Posted: December 21, 2013

HARRISONBURG — The trial of a former Harrisonburg man accused of holding his ex-girlfriend against her will ended late Thursday night in Rockingham County Circuit Court with jurors failing to reach a unanimous verdict on the most serious charge.

Kyle Maison Novinger, 21, now of Woodbridge, was charged with felony abduction and misdemeanor assault and battery.

While jurors couldn’t reach a verdict on the felony charge, they did find Novinger guilty of the assault and battery charge and recommended a 30-day jail sentence.

Prosecutors may retry the case.

During the trial’s opening remarks, Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Chad Logan told jurors an argument between Novinger and his ex-girlfriend went too far and he wouldn’t let her leave her Devon Lane residence on Feb. 2.

According to police, the victim turned on a computer webcam and captured about 45 minutes of the dispute. The video shows her begging numerous times for Novinger to let her leave the bedroom of her residence. He refuses and screams at her.

His defense attorney, John Hart, argued that she set her ex-boyfriend up and was exaggerating for the camera.

The incident ended when the defendant allowed his ex-girlfriend to take her dog outside. While outside, she mouthed “help me” to a neighbor, prosecutors say.

Novinger left the residence a short time later and was arrested the next day. He is free from Rockingham County Jail on $25,000 bond.

Contact Pete DeLea at 574-6278 or pdelea@dnronline.com

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