Trial For Principal Found Bloody And Naked Reset For Feb. 25

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Chris Webb’s trial has been reset to Feb. 25, according to a Washington County Courthouse official.

The trial for the former Farmington High principal was to occur Thursday (Dec. 6) but was delayed so Webb can undergo more forensic mental evaluation, said Circuit Judge William Storey.

Webb’s original Oct. 23 trial date was reset for Dec. 6 to allow his legal team more mental evaluations of their client.

Webb pleaded not guilty in September at his arraignment in the Washington County Detention Center in front of Magistrate Ray Reynolds.

Webb is charged with aggravated cruelty to a dog, third-degree domestic battery, refusal to submit to arrest and committing an offense in the presence of a child, according to the Washington County Prosecutor’s Office.

Not guilty pleas are common at arraignments in felony cases.

Webb, 42, was arrested July 19 after police say officers found him naked and bloody, assaulting his fiancée, Shannon Shrum, in their home.

Police approached the couple’s home shortly after midnight after Webb’s 12-year-old daughter called 911. Upon entering, officers saw blood on the floor, walls and stairs. When police entered an upstairs bathroom, they saw Webb naked and and bloody with Shrum in a chokehold, according to a report from the Farmington Police Department.

A dead dog lay in the bathtub, its throat slit. Officers also found a knife on the floor, the report states.

Webb was treated at Washington Regional Medical Center, then was admitted to Vista Health Center in Fayetteville, according to a protective order petition. Vista Health provides mental health services.

He was jailed at the Washington County Detention Center, but was released on a $5,000 bond, records show.

Webb was fired as principal of Farmington High School during the next School Board meeting.