The trials of two people accused of breaking and entering and aggravated assault in Greene County last August have been delayed.
Matthew Paul Serri, 39, who is from Ohio but was staying in Greene County, was scheduled for a bench trial with retired Judge Paul Peatross presiding. Before trial, Serri fired his attorney, Holly Vradenburgh.
Serri claimed Vradenburgh had only met with him for a total of six minutes before his June 4 trial date. Vradenburgh responded in court by saying without breaking attorney-client privilege, “substantially more conversation than that” had taken place.
Before his trial, Serri was also offered a plea deal that would include a sentence of more than seven years, which he declined.
Citing a communication issue, Judge Peatross ordered Vradenburgh withdrawn as counsel and appointed Scott Puryear. Serri is expected to appear back in Greene County Circuit Court on June 25 for a review of the case.
A second person charged in connection with the assault, Rikki Lynn Harper, 36, of Ruckersville, was slated for trial on April 23. The trial was continued so both parties could work on a potential plea deal. Harper is expected back in Greene County Circuit Court on June 18 at 9 a.m.
Serri faces charges of felony malicious assault causing serious bodily injury and two counts of felony breaking and entering at night to commit a felony. He is also facing felony shoplifting and misdemeanor trespassing charges.
Harper is facing one felony malicious assault causing serious bodily injury charge, one count of felony breaking and entering at night to commit a felony and one count of felony shoplifting. She is also charged with one felony count of petit larceny in an April 2018 incident for stealing a cell phone from a gas station.
According to court documents, the pair broke into a home where they “maliciously wound[ed] or cause[d] bodily injury” to the victim with intent to “maim, disfigure, disable or kill, and the victim thereby being severely and permanently injured.” The victim sustained serious injuries, according to a release from the Greene County Sheriff’s Office, and was transported to the University of Virginia Hospital in serious condition. On the same day as the assault, court documents allege that Serri and Harper then stole electronic equipment and food items from Walmart.