08 September 2015
Franklin Lee Burruss, 33, of Palmyra was in Fluvanna General District Court Tuesday (Sept. 8) for his first appearance since the murder of his wife, Tayler L. Burruss, on Saturday (Sept. 5).
Burruss, who is charged with first degree murder in connection with the death of his 23-year-old wife, wore an orange jumpsuit and was shackled at the hands.
No attorney was appointed by District Court Judge Edward K. Carpenter and no bail was set during the brief hearing as expected.
Instead, the judge determined that those decisions should be made in Fluvanna Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court at a hearing that was expected to be held Wednesday (Sept. 9) at 9 a.m.
The hearing will be held at the domestic relations court because the crime involved a husband and wife.
About a half-dozen members of the defendant’s family attended the hearing amidst tight security.