David Baugh resigns from capital defender post

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) – David Baugh, the capital defender for the Central Virginia Office of the Indigent Defense Commission, announced his resignation on his personal Facebook page. 

No reason was given, but CBS 6 confirmed the resignation through Baugh’s friends.  He could not be reached for comment at time of publishing. 

In 2008, Baugh left private practice to serve as the capital defender.  He stated on his Facebook page that he will be returning to private practice.

“To all whose whose caring and concern I do not deserve, thank you. I am balanced, and reflecting. I have resigned as capital defender and am returning to private practice,” wrote Baugh in the post.

The post received many comments of support from friends. 

The day before Baugh posted that: “Yesterday was the most humiliating day of my life. Betrayed, but so much stronger.”

Baugh was previously appointed as capital defender for Gregory Nelson Jr., who will stand trial in December for first-degree murder charges of his pregnant girlfriend, Susana Cisneros. 

In July 2012,  the capital murder and fetal homicide charges were dropped against Nelson. He no longer faces the death penalty if he’s convicted. 

CBS 6 will continue to follow this story. 

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