New Dinwiddie prosecutor handling Irvo Otieno murder …
A lawyer running to be Dinwiddie’s next commonwealth’s attorney was picked to fill the interim role despite having no experience prosecuting cases, drawing concerns from his opponent over his ability to lead the Irvo Otieno death case.
Jonathan Bourlier was chosen Wednesday to replace Ann Cabell Baskervill, whose resignation as Dinwiddie’s commonwealth’s attorney went into effect on June 21. He is one of two candidates vying for the permanent job in November’s general election.
In an interview, Bourlier said he didn’t have much information on what led to his appointment other than that the Dinwiddie Circuit Court Clerk’s office called his private law practice in Petersburg to tell him a court order had been entered to appoint him.
“I was appointed and asked if I would be willing to accept the appointment and I told them I would, so I didn’t have any conversations with the court prior to that,” Bourlier told 8News Thursday. “It was no real involvement from me.”
Under state code, a majority of the county’s three circuit court judges would have had to appoint Bourlier as Dinwiddie’s interim commonwealth’s attorney after the petition was submitted.
He admitted he has no experience prosecuting cases and “not a lot” of experience in jury trials. Bourlier said he interned with the Appomattox County’s commonwealth’s attorney but as a law student, he was not allowed to practice law.
“I don’t have any experience prosecuting cases. Years of defending them, which obviously in order to defend the case you have to know what you have to be proved,” Bourlier said. “So that’s, I guess, the only true experience I’ve had with that.”