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Judge Sets Trial Dates

By Staff | Mar 9, 2011

On March 7 two more trial dates were set for this term of court, while several defendants will return later this month to continue matters in Wetzel County Circuit Court. Judge Mark A. Karl presided over the hearings.

A trial date was set for Newman B. Hoover II, 43, formerly of Route 1, Box 105, New Martinsville, and presently of 140 Cecil Meneffe Drive, Moorefield, W.Va., during his hearing on Monday. Hoover was remanded to the Northern Regional Jail and he will return for his estimated two-day trial beginning April 26 at 9 a.m. On Nov. 9 Hoover stood silent as the court entered innocent pleas for his six-count indictment for his offenses. Count one indicts Hoover with the felony offense of sexual assault in the third degree in that he, being 16 years old or more, allegedly had sexual contact with a female child who was not married to Hoover. Count two charges Hoover with the felony offense of sexual abuse by a custodian in that between Sept. 1 and Dec. 1, 2009, he allegedly engaged in sexual intercourse with a female child under his care, custody, or control. In the same span of time listed in counts one and two, count three alleges that Hoover committed the felony offense of incest in that he did engage in sexual intercourse with a relative.

Said to have occurred between April 12, 2008, and April 11, 2009, counts four, five, and six of his indictment charge Hoover with sexual assault in the third degree, sexual abuse by a custodian, and incest for the same occurrences outlined in counts one through three.

Amanda D. Riggs, 23, of 558 Kappel Street, New Martinsville, will return to Wetzel County Circuit Court on May 2 at 9 a.m. to begin her estimated three-day trial. She was remanded to the Northern Regional Jail.

Co-defendant Justin C. Riggs, 22, of 558 Kappel Street, New Martinsville, will return to circuit court for a hearing on March 21 at 1:30 p.m.

On Jan. 26 the two entered innocent pleas to their two counts each of child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury and malicious assault, felonious offenses said to have occurred on or about Feb. 18, 2010, in Wetzel County.

Amanda and Justin Riggs allegedly abused their minor child and caused bodily injury to their child with the intent to maim, disfigure, or kill, by inflicting injuries to the child’s skull.

In other matters, a few cases appear to be coming to a close in the near future.

Bradford Pernell Wiseman, 47, of 548 Apple Street, New Martinsville, appeared alongside his attorney, Jeremiah Gardner, who stated he believed a plea agreement has been reached. With needing time to finalize the agreement in writing, a return date was set for March 21 at 1:30 p.m. Wiseman was remanded to the Northern Regional Jail.

A plea agreement is also close to being reached in the case of Benjamin Joseph Dotson, 30, of 2503 Beverly Street, Parkersburg, W.Va. Dotson was remanded to the NRJ and will return March 21 at 1:30 p.m.

Joshua S. Dye, 21, of 2331 Mill Creek Road, Raven, Va., appeared alongside Attorney Roger Weese in Wetzel County Circuit Court on Monday. Weese stated a plea agreement had been reached and it was just a matter of working out probation with the state of Virginia. Adult Probation Officer John Lantz noted to the court that he is working on setting up out-of-state probation and would return to circuit court with an update when such is available. Judge Karl set a return date for April 14 at 1:30 p.m. Dye’s bond continues.