Ashley Lynn Mayfield

Ashley Lynn Mayfield

WELCH — A suspect in a Tazewell County, Va. shooting who was arrested in West Virginia after an extensive search is fighting extradition back to Virginia, an assistant prosecutor said Thursday.

Ashley Lynn Mayfield, 29, of North Carolina was brought Thursday morning before Circuit Court Judge Booker T. Stephens for an extradition hearing, Assistant Prosecutor Melissa Davis of the McDowell County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office said.

“There was an extradition hearing scheduled,” Davis said. “She has decided to fight extradition...it’s going to be at least 90 days before she gets a hearing.”

Mayfield was arrested July 6 in the Valls Creek area of McDowell County along with Terry James “T.J.” Bandy, 34, of Findlay, Ohio. Both Bandy and Findlay were wanted in connection with two shootings July 3 in the Baptist Valley area of Tazewell County, Va. A male individual and a female individual were shot and transported to hospitals in Tennessee. The victims’ names have not been released.

The male victim is out of the hospital, but will have to continue treatment for his injuries while the female victim was in critical condition at another medical facility. Major Harold Heatley of the Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday that their conditions had not changed.

Mayfield and Bandy, who are facing charges of aggravated malicious wounding with other pending charges, are being held without bond at the Southwestern Regional Jail in Logan County. Bandy fought extradition on July 12 at a hearing before Circuit Court Judge Rudolph J. Murensky. 

Tazewell County Sheriff Brian Hieatt said his office was in the process of seeking a governor’s warrant for Bandy. This warrant would allow his transfer back to Virginia even if he keeps opposing extradition. Another warrant would have to be issued for Mayfield.

— Contact Greg Jordan at gjordan@bdtonline.com

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