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Bond Issues Are Revisited In Court

By Staff | Apr 13, 2011

Judge Mark A. Karl presided during hearings in Wetzel County Circuit Court on April 5. One defendant awaits a ruling on bond, while another will return for a voluntariness hearing.

The matter of bond in the case of John Michael Howell, 42, of HC 61 Box 114, New Martinsville, was addressed in Wetzel County Circuit Court on April 5. However, Judge Karl ruled to take the matter under advisement.

Howell was remanded to the Northern Regional Jail and will return April 19 at 1:30 p.m.

On Jan. 18 Howell pleaded innocent to his four-count indictment charging him with felony offenses of a sexual and violent nature said to have occurred on or about Dec. 14 in Wetzel County.

Howell faces one count each of the felony offenses of kidnapping, second degree attempted sexual assault, first degree sexual assault, and malicious assault (respective to counts one through four) for acts committed against his wife. The two had been separated since August and have a child in common.

Howell allegedly attacked the victim when she attempted to leave his residence after picking up the child.

The victim was flown from Wetzel County Hospital to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown.

Lastly, following his hearing in circuit court, Justin C. Riggs, 22, of 558 Kappel Street, New Martinsville, will undergo a voluntariness hearing April 20 at 10 a.m. regarding his case of child abuse.

Codefendant Amanda D. Riggs, 23, of 558 Kappel Street, New Martinsville, is scheduled to go to trial May 2 at 9 a.m.

Both are being held in the NRJ.

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.