Steinert murder trial March 26

Published 1:05 pm Monday, February 20, 2012

COURTLAND—A Franklin man accused of murdering his estranged wife in June 2010 will have a jury trial on March 26 in Southampton County Circuit Court.

Charles Steinert, 38, was charged with first-degree murder for allegedly killing Tammy Jo Steinert, 37, at her home at 200 Southampton Road, Franklin.

Virginia State Police said Steinert arrived at his wife’s home with a revolver. Her uncle Joseph Michael Wise of Courtland confronted him and Steinert allegedly shot Wise in the abdomen. He survived.

Detectives believe Steinert entered the home and chased two teenage girls and his wife into a bedroom. He released the girl unharmed after a four-hour standoff that ended with Steinert’s surrender. His wife was found dead in the home from a gunshot wound.