A 61-year-old man, who previously was convicted of murder, was denied bond on Monday in New Kent County for assault and strangulation charges stemming from an argument with the daughter of his dead girlfriend.
Richard Cothran, of New Kent, was 40 when he was convicted of the second- degree murder of 26-year-old Michael Todd Gouldine in 1997. At the time, New Kent Commonwealth’s Attorney Linwood Gregory said Cothran shot Gouldine in the head with no provocation and for no apparent reason. Cothran served 14 years in prison for the murder and a firearm charge, and was released in 2010. He has since had his rights restored by petitioning the governor’s office.
On June 16, New Kent sheriff’s deputies were called to Cothran’s home, where they found both Cothran and the victim, 44-year-old Jennifer King, bloodied, according to a criminal complaint read aloud during the brief hearing Monday afternoon. The complaint alleged that Cothran had kicked King in the face, then held her by the hair and neck as he began cutting his own throat.
King’s late mother dated Cothran for six years before her death eight months ago, and Cothran said he helped support King and her 10-year-old son financially after the death. The boy was in the home when the assault happened.
A scar from where Cothran had slashed his neck was covered Monday by a full, gray beard.
Gregory, who also prosecuted Cothran in the murder case 20 years ago, said Cothran was a threat not only to himself but also to others. Cothran’s attorney said he was depressed from the death of his girlfriend and would continue mental health treatment in Henrico County if released. A judge denied bond in the case.
Law enforcement officials said they have been called to Cothran’s or King’s homes — they do not live together — multiple times over the years responding to allegations of assault. A request by King for a protective order against Cothran will be heard in family court Tuesday.