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Cara Cottle Trial: Cottle Released on Bond, Will Return to Court June 7

Cara Cottle, the woman charged with the second-degree murder of the well-known local goth figure Dirk Smiler, was released from the Fairfax County Jail this morning after meeting the $50,000 bond set by Judge Kimberly J. Daniel of the Fairfax Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court yesterday, according to the Fairfax County Sheriff's Office. Her trial begins June 7 at 10 a.m. in the Fairfax County Circuit Court.

Cottle will live with her mother Victoria Viola Shields, her attorney Peter D. Greenspun said yesterday during a court hearing. He argued that Cottle is not a flight risk because of her standing in the community, because she did not run during the six weeks between Smiler's Feb. 15 death and her March 30th arrest, and because until that point she had been undergoing treatment and a psychological assessment that had thus far shown that she is not dangerous.

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