NEW: Re-trial In Abduction Case Starts Tomorrow
Mistrial Was Declared In December
HARRISONBURG — The re-trial of a former Harrisonburg man accused of holding his ex-girlfriend against her will is slated to get underway Thursday morning in Rockingham County Circuit Court
Kyle Maison Novinger, 21, now of Woodbridge, is charged with felony abduction.
During his first trial in December, jurors failed to reach a unanimous verdict on the most serious charge so a mistrial was declared. But they found him guilty of misdemeanor assault and batter and recommended a 30-day jail sentence.
During the initial trial, prosecutors 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, 2013.
The victim turned on a computer webcam and captured about 45 minutes of the dispute, prosecutors say. The video shows her begging numerous times for Novinger to let her leave the bedroom of her residence. He refuses and screams at her.
The defense argued that the victim set her ex-boyfriend up and exaggerated for the camera.
The defendant allowed his ex-girlfriend to take her dog outside, which ended the dispute.
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.