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Doris Oliver told police that Joe Painter gave her the items the night they were arrested.
Doris Ann Oliver
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
The night Blacksburg lawyer Joe Painter and former client Doris Oliver were arrested, Oliver told police it was Painter who gave her a gun and pills that led to charges against her, according to a search warrant filed last week.
The two were arrested Feb. 26 after police received a call at 10:51 p.m. about a possible fight between a man and a woman in a car on North Franklin Street in Christiansburg. Officers located the car in the parking lot of the Super 8 motel on Laurel Street.
An officer found a .32-caliber pistol and several pills in Oliver’s purse, and Oliver told the officer that Painter, 66, had supplied her with both the weapon and the pills, which are believed to be Clonazepam, according to the search warrant.
Oliver also told police that there were audio files on her laptop in which she and Painter discuss guns and drugs, according to the warrant filed in the Montgomery County Circuit Court clerk’s office. Police seized the laptop from the scene but are awaiting forensic analysis, the warrant states.
Oliver, 21, is charged with two counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and one count of possession of ammunition by a convicted felon. She originally also faced misdemeanor charges of possession of a controlled substance, possession of controlled paraphernalia, possession of marijuana and possession of a concealed weapon, but those charges were dropped at a June 3 hearing.
Painter was charged with driving under the influence, distribution of a Schedule IV controlled substance and two counts of selling or giving a firearm to a convicted felon.
According to the warrant, Oliver has told police that she and Painter communicated with each other through electronic means.
“A forensic analysis of the seized laptop is requested to recover any written/audio/video files or communications between them,” the warrant stated.
Painter represented Oliver on a drug charge in 2010 and again when Oliver later violated her probation, according to Oliver’s case file.
Oliver was previously denied bond at a hearing in March and is incarcerated at Western Virginia Regional Jail. Painter was released on bond in March but was required to check into an inpatient treatment center. He is scheduled to have a hearing in Montgomery County General District Court on Aug. 7.
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