Defendants Waive Speedy Trial Rights
Several defendants waived their right to a speedy trial on Monday as Wetzel County Circuit Court nears the end of the September 2012 term under Judge Mark A. Karl.
It was noted that an agreement in regards to bond has been made in the case involving Anthony Gibbons, 24, no address given. It was agreed upon that Gibbons would be allowed to post a $10,000 personal recognizance bond. Gibbons also agreed to waive his right to trial for this term of court; he is set to appear again in court Jan. 18, 10 a.m.
On Oct. 16, Gibbons entered a plea of innocence to his charge of first degree robbery. The indictment alleges that on or about Aug. 31 Gibbons allegedly feloniously attempted to commit robbery of Raymond Smith by chasing, catching, and threatening Smith with death while presenting a firearm in his face, for the purpose of robbing him.
Joseph Kipling Norris also waived his right to a speedy trial for the term of court. Attorney Roger Weese stated that plea negotiations are ongoing between the defense and prosecution, but he does foresee a plea agreement in the future.
Norris’ return date has been set for Jan. 18, 10 a.m.
Charles Robert Wells, 46, of 247 Lang Dr., New Martinsville, waived his right to a speedy trial for the term. He is set to return regarding this matter also on Jan. 18, 10 a.m.
From the January 2012 Grand Jury, Wells received a one-count felony indictment for third offense domestic battery. He is alleged to have struck his girlfriend in the face with his hand and kicked her in the ribs with his foot on Oct. 24, 2011.
Additionally, from the September grand jury, Wells was charged with third or subsequent offense domestic battery, as well as battery, alleges that on July 16 Wells intentionally struck a person in the face by throwing a can of soda or beer at her in New Martinsville.
Jimmy Work, 43, of 425 James Street, New Martinsville, also waived his right to a speedy trial. Defense Attorney Chad Haught of Jividen Law Offices stated that the defense was still waiting on a couple of discovery items in the case.
Additionally, arrangements were made for counsel to meet at Judge Mark A. Karl’s office to view medical records concerning the case.
A return date was set for Jan. 18, 10 a.m. Bond was also modified so that Work could travel to Pennsylvania on personal business.
Work is charged with felony first degree robbery, misdemeanor domestic battery, misdemeanor violation of a condition of bail, felony conspiracy to deliver Psilocybin Mushrooms, and felony possession of a controlled substance (psilocybin mushrooms) with intent to deliver.
Ronald A. Morgan, 36, of HC 60, Box 92, Pine Grove, waived his right to a trial for the term of court, as Attorney Weese reported that the case was still pending and counsel was still involved in negotiations. Therefore Morgan will return to court Jan. 18, 10 a.m.
Morgan’s one-count indictment of grand larceny alleges that he did commit simple larceny of goods or chattels of the value of $1,000 or more, belonging to Randy W. Lemasters, with the intent to permanently deprive the owner of the same.
In another matter, it was learned that Joshua Ray Watson, 20, of RR1, Box 111, Metz, has been hospitalized. Therefore, his case will continue generally. In May, Watson was indicted on charges of nighttime burglary and grand larceny.
In another matter, the court was informed that an agreement has been reached in the case involving Charles Scott Moore, 27, of 187 North State Route 2, Apt. B203, New Martinsville. Therefore, Judge Karl set a return date for Dec. 10, 10:30 p.m.
On June 29, Moore entered pleas of innocence to his 10-count indictment. Counts one through 10 allege that Moore unlawfully, intentionally, knowingly, and feloniously engaged in sexual intercourse with a female child who was less than 16 years old, was at least four years younger than the defendant, and was not married to the defendant. Moore is charged with five counts of sexual assault in the third degree and five counts of sexual abuse by a custodian.
Summer Sellers Riley, 29, of 187 North State Route 2, Villa Apartments, New Martinsville, is also set to enter into a plea agreement Dec. 10, 10:30 p.m. She is charged with delivery of oxycodone.