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Trials Are Planned In Wetzel Circuit Court

By Staff | Jun 29, 2011

A trial date was set along with return dates in Wetzel County Circuit Court on June 24. Judge Mark A. Karl scheduled defendants to return in July and waived this term of court for two others seeking additional time to resolve pending matters in outlying counties.

A trial date has been set for Randy L. Lewis, 22, of 325 Virginia Street, New Martinsville. Following his brief hearing in court on Friday, Lewis was remanded to the Northern Regional Jail and will return for trial Aug. 29 at 9 a.m. This trial is anticipated to last up to two days.

Lewis is facing 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.

The details of a new charge against Lewis mentioned in court are unavailable at this time.

John Cody Postlethwait, 19, of 715 Fifth Street, New Martinsville, was to go to trial this week on his three-count indictment charging him with offenses of a sexual nature: sexual assault in the second degree (counts one and two) and sexual abuse in the first degree (count three). However, it was learned in court on June 24 that the trial has been postponed. Judge Karl set a return date of July 15 at 10 a.m. wherein trial dates will be set for all of his charges in Wetzel County Circuit Court if resolutions aren’t made. Postlethwait remains on bond.

Postlethwait is also facing a one-count indictment alleging that on or about Jan. 19, Postlethwait committed the felony offense of delivery of a controlled substance (marijuana), a Schedule I controlled substance.

In other matters, Jimmy Dean Barnhart, 46, of 149 Elm Street, New Martinsville, will return for a possible plea on July 15 at 10 a.m. It was noted in court on Friday that Barnhart needed to meet with Adult Probation Officer John Lantz to determine if he’d be approved for home confinement. Barnhart’s bond continues.

On May 27 Barnhart pleaded innocent to his one-count indictment charging him with third offense driving under the influence of alcohol wherein he allegedly drove a motor vehicle on North Fourth Avenue in Paden City while under the influence of alcohol on or about July 23.

Barnhart was previously convicted of the offense of driving under the influence of alcohol in the Magistrate Court of Tyler County on or about April 6, 2001, and in the Magistrate Court of Pleasants County on or about Aug. 19, 2004.

Meanwhile, the court entered innocent pleas for each count against Christopher Lee Richmond, 22, also of 38669 State Route 7, Sardis, during his arraignment on Friday. Furthermore, without objection Richmond waived term of court to allow time to settle matters of a similar nature in Marshall and Ohio counties. Richmond will return Sept. 14 at 10 a.m. He was remanded to the NRJ.

Richmond and codefendant, Phillip David Montgomery, 20, of 38669 State Route 7, Sardis, were handed a 27-count indictment each for offenses ranging from burglary to destruction of property and larceny.

Lastly, Michael Fletcher, 29, of 114 North Second Avenue, Paden City, also waived term of court on Friday in circuit court after it was learned he may have additional charges pending in Tyler County. To allow time to resolve various matters between his charges in Wetzel and Tyler counties, Fletcher will return Sept. 23 at 10 a.m. with what is hoped to be a global solution. Fletcher’s bond continues.