Bond granted for ODU assault suspect

David Grimm, Jr. (Photo provided by the Norfolk Police Department)

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – A judge has granted a man charged with murder in an Old Dominion University student’s death bond Friday.

WAVY News’ Lex Gray was in the courtroom as eleven witnesses testified at a bond hearing for David Grimm. Grimm is facing a second degree murder charge in the death of Paul Johnson.

Johnson died after an altercation near ODU’s campus last month. Prosecutors say witness testimony and an initial autopsy indicate he was hit from behind at the base of the skull.

A judge granted a $25,000 bond for Grimm. Conditions of the bond include he cannot be within a mile of ODU, he must have a job and he must be constantly supervised.  A former employer testified he would give Grimm a job. Grimm will live with his father and stepmother in Triangle, Prince William County during his release.

Nearly a dozen people testified at the hearing, including Grimm’s father, stepmother, sister, and aunt. A man who was with Grimm as well as another defendant, Chase Johnson, the night of the assault also testified. Chase Johnson is facing an assault charge in the incident. The Commonwealth Attorney’s office says Grimm delivered a blow to Paul Johnson’s head that was an unprovoked attack, while Grimm’s attorney says it was self-defense as part of a larger fight. Both defendants have court dates set for May 12.

Stay with for more on this developing story.


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