On Tuesday, Alex Wayne Pyles, 23, of HC 60 Box 99, Valley Manor Apt. 14, Pine Grove, appeared in Wetzel County Circuit Court alongside Defense Attorney Jeremiah Gardner on a motion to reduce bond.
A juvenile witness was called to the stand by Special Prosecuting Attorney Carl "Worthy" Paul. She stated that upon walking home from school one day, Pyles approached her and said that if he went to jail, he would kill her cousin, an alleged victim in the case.
The criminal complaint concerning the threat was filed May 24.
The defense claims that there is no way Pyles could have committed this offense, seeing as he was not in the area at the time and was, instead, living with his grandmother, Elaine Greathouse, in Moundsville. She was also present to give testimony. Greathouse stated that Pyles resided with her between April 22 and May 28 and that she "knows" Pyles was not at the alleged scene of the incident between those times, as she always knew where he was.
At the end of her testimony, Greathouse held up a calendar, stating that she had all dates written down regarding the matter, as she writes everything down on her calendar.
Derek Williams, who was also involved with the family, also gave testimony on the defense's behalf. Williams stated that he and Pyles lived together for two months until Pyles left around April 19.
Williams stated that the only time he could remember Pyles showing up after he moved out was when he stopped to pick up his mail sometime between April 28 and May 1. Paul asked Williams if there were other times Pyles came to pick up mail, in which Williams replied there were, but he knew Pyles never stopped anywhere else because he would call and tell him he was coming to get the mail. Williams then stated that Pyles was at the residence until the end of March. Paul then told Williams that he had stated in his previous testimony that Pyles had lived with him for two months.
There were then no further questions.
The defense's request for reduction of bond was denied by Judge Mark A. Karl. Another witness on behalf of the defense is set to appear Aug. 16, 1:30 p.m.
Pyles is charged with two felony counts of sexual assault in the third degree.
The charges allege that between Sept. 1, 2010, and Oct. 31, 2010, he did engage in sexual intercourse or sexual intrusion with another person who was less than 16 years old and who was at least four years younger than the defendant and not married to the defendant.