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Mark Ward Faville Jr., charged in the 2000 death of his wife, showed odd behavior, his daughter said.
Mark Ward Faville Jr.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Mark Ward Faville Jr., charged last week with first-degree murder in the death of his wife 13 years ago, was feared by his family according to the testimony of one of his daughters during a bond hearing Wednesday.
The daughter, Holly Litos, also described what she described as obsessive and bizarre behavior by her father.
Judge Brett Geisler, who presided over Wednesday’s hearing in Montgomery County court after Judge Marc Long recused himself, set bond for Faville at $75,000, saying it’s clear that there’s been no contact between Faville and his children since 2001, several months after Faville’s former wife, Anne “Mickey” Faville, died. Geisler said while there’s a presumption against bond with a first-degree murder charge, there was no convincing evidence that Ward Faville is currently a threat to himself or others — or a flight risk.
Ward Faville, 70, will remain under house arrest when he’s released on bond, according to the judge’s orders.
Other matters that emerged during Wednesday’s testimony:
When she was a teenager, Litos, now 37, said her father would wake her in the middle of the night and make her take him in her car and drive around for hours. She said her father would often follow her mother or her siblings, such as sitting outside a grocery store and watching them. After outings at restaurants, he would sometimes follow waiters who had served the family and then make notes about them, she said. He kept a drawer full of chicken bones, she said.
And, on multiple occasions, Litos said when she was younger her father would make her stand in front of him in the bathroom “while he touched me repeatedly in the face with various random objects.”
Ward Faville’s lawyer, Jimmy Turk, objected to Litos’ testimony Wednesday, saying it happened years ago.
Faville’s current wife, Beverly, also testified Wednesday. When asked by Preston if her husband is someone who likes to be in control, she replied “no, I wouldn’t say that.”
Ward Faville testified during the hearing, too. He said he’s maintained his innocence for 13 years. He said he’s on numerous medications including one for a blood clot disorder that almost killed him. He said he thought he had an obsessive compulsive personality but didn’t know if he’s ever been diagnosed as such. He said he retired from the Virginia Department of Transportation and for the past three years has been driving a school bus in Roanoke.
His next court date is scheduled for July 1.
In 2002, Ward and Mickey Faville’s three children filed a wrongful death suit against their father alleging that he drugged, beat and choked their mother, then stood by as she died of her injuries.
The couple married on Feb. 10, 1968, according to the suit, but had been experiencing marital difficulties. The suit said that Mickey Faville, on the night of her death, had decided to leave her husband because of “years of physical and mental abuse in most demeaning and perverted fashions.”
Faville, according to authorities, was never mentioned as a suspect in the police investigation until deputies and Virginia State Police personnel arrested him last week. Still, his home was searched shortly after the death was deemed a homicide in the winter of 2001.
Faville, who had sold the Mount Tabor Road home by that time, was living in a town home on Lovely Mount Drive in Radford when investigators arrived in February 2001 to execute a search warrant.
He was charged with obstruction of justice after police found him inside, carrying a .38-caliber revolver. A judge took the case under advisement and Faville avoided jail time.
The wrongful death suit, in which his three children sought $6.32 million in damages, includes information that Ward Faville received payments from the Minnesota Life Insurance Co. and Virginia Retirement System as a result of his wife’s death.
In an August 2006 settlement, he agreed to turn over all of those payments — more than $476,000 — to his wife’s estate, administrated by Litos. In return, Litos and her siblings agreed to refrain from bringing further suits against their father in their mother’s death. Ward Faville denied any fault in his wife’s death.
The settlement prohibited the parties from disclosing its terms, but the settlement was publicly available in Montgomery County Circuit Court.
Mickey Faville, 52 at the time of her death, was a teacher. She started at G.W. Carver in 1983, teaching second grade. She soon moved to fifth grade.
Wayne Tripp, the superintendent of Salem’s schools at the time of Faville’s death, said in an interview last week that she was known for her commitment to the students.
“Ms. Faville was a very fine teacher,” he said, “Probably one of the best I have ever known.”
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