Lynchburg Judge Issues Gag Order in Toddler Murder Case
Lynchburg, VA - A Lynchburg Circuit Court judge issued a gag order in the case of a father accused of murdering his 2-year-old son.
A bond hearing was scheduled Tuesday morning in the case against Oliver Felix. Leigh Drewy, Felix's attorney, withdrew the bond request. Drewry asked the judge instead for the gag order, citing comments made by online posters at WSET.com and other media sites. The gag order only applies to those involved in the prosecution and defense, not to the media or public.
Had the bond hearing happened as scheduled, Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Bethany Harrison would have presented the details of Simeon O'Rhyon Tyler's death. Harrison told the judge she was not opposed to the gag order, as she had not made any statements to the media regarding the details of the case. Harrison pointed out details reported last week were from open court records.
Tyler, 2, died April 27 at University of Virginia Health System. Search warrants say Tyler's brain was bleeding when he was admitted to the emergency room at Lynchburg General Hospital nine days before his death.
Felix turned himself in last week after what police describe as an extensive, week-long search of Lynchburg and Amherst County.