Steinert murder trial moved to November

Published 9:01 am Friday, May 27, 2011

COURTLAND—The trial for a Franklin man accused of shooting his estranged wife to death last June 12 has been moved to November, according to records at Southampton County Circuit Court.

Charles Steinert’s trial was scheduled for mid-June but was delayed to give his new attorney, Greg Matthews, time to review the case. Court records indicate Steinert’s former attorney had a conflict of interest.

Steinert is accused of killing Tammy Jo Steinert, 37, at her home at 200 Southampton Road.

Virginia State Police said Steinert, 37, arrived at his wife’s house with a revolver. Her uncle, Joseph Michael Wise, 46, of Courtland, confronted him and was shot in the abdomen. Wise survived.

Detectives believe Steinert entered the home and chased two teenage girls and his wife into a bedroom. He then allegedly forced his way into the bedroom, shot his wife in the head and barricaded himself in the house, holding the girls hostage.

After a four-hour standoff with police, Steinert released the girls unharmed and surrendered.

He was indicted on charges of first-degree murder, the use of a firearm in the commission of the murder and malicious wounding, and malicious wounding.