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Judge Continues Cases

By Staff | Nov 3, 2010

Voluntariness and return hearings were scheduled for several defendants in Wetzel County Circuit Court on Oct. 27 under Judge Mark A. Karl.

James Matthew Doty, 25, no address given, appeared with Attorney Kevin Neiswonger standing in for Doty’s counsel, David White. Neiswonger noted to the court that ongoing plea negotiations have lead to an impasse. With that said, a voluntariness hearing was scheduled for Nov. 9 at 1:30 p.m.

On May 26 Doty entered a plea of innocence to his two-count indictment for his charges said to have occurred between April 11 and 12, wherein Doty committed the felony offense of forgery (count one) by forging the signature of Dona Neely to check number 333 issued by the said Doty on the Peoples Bank National Association account of Northern Mountain State Metals, Inc., and made payable to “Cash” in the amount of $300, which was cashed at Peoples Bank in New Martinsville. Count two charges Doty with the felony offense of uttering by attempting to employ as true the said check when Doty knew the said check was forged.

Randy L. Lewis, 21, of 325 Virginia Street, New Martinsville, was present for a hearing in Wetzel County Circuit Court along with Neiswonger standing in for Attorney White. Neiswonger stated more time was needed in the matter and Judge Karl set a return date for Nov. 9 at 1:30 p.m. Lewis’ bond continues.

Lewis was handed a one-count indictment wherein during the summer of 2008 in Wetzel County, Lewis allegedly committed the felony offense of sexual assault in the third degree in that he, being 16 years old or more, engaged in sexual intercourse with a female child who was not married to Lewis.