Defendants Plead Innocent To Charges
Pleas of innocence were entered on behalf of nine defendants on May 22 during a mass arraignment conducted by the Honorable Judge David W. Hummel Jr.
Unless a plea is entered prior, these cases will be tried on either July 15, July 17, or July 29. The state is to provide discovery to the defense in each case on June 11. Reciprocal discovery is to be provided by June 24, 2 p.m. All pretrial hearings are set for July 10, 9 a.m., unless there is a plea. Any postings of bonds shall be on or before June 24, noon.
A plea of innocence was entered on behalf of Eric Dean Adams, 45, of HC 60 Box 56, Pine Grove. Adams, represented by Attorney Jeremiah Gardner, is charged with felony nighttime burglary, misdemeanor petit larceny, and misdemeanor destruction of property.
Counts one and two, respectively, allege that on or about Jan. 23, Adams unlawfully entered the house of the victims in the case, where he stole goods having a value less than $1,000. The third count alleges Adams broke the lock on the door of the victims’ residence.
Adams’ case is set to be tried on July 15.
A plea of innocence was also entered on behalf of Gardner’s client, Johnny Lee Slater. Slater, 22, of Post Office Box 149, Hundred, received a two-count indictment from the May 2013 Grand Jury, charging him with entry of a building other than a dwelling and grand larceny.
These charges allege that on or about March 13, Slater entered Wal-Mart and stole goods with a value of more than $1,000.
Slater’s trial date was set for July 29. As for bond issues, Gardner reported that his client bonded $10,000 for one count. Gardner requested that this $10,000 cover all counts. The state did not oppose this.
A plea of innocence was entered on behalf of William Derek Fiest, 46, of 172 North Street, New Martinsville. Fiest is also represented by Gardner and received a one-count indictment from the May 2013 Grand Jury. Fiest’s charge of domestic battery, third offense, alleges that on or about March 6, Fiest struck the victim in the head with a beverage can in New Martinsville. A trial date of July 17 was set.
A plea of innocence was also entered on behalf of Joy Jo Headley, who is represented by Attorney Shane Mallet. Headley, 35, of HC 60 Box 44, New Martinsville, is charged with failure to appear on felony bail. On or about March 8, Headley failed to appear at the Northern Regional Jail and Correctional Facility as ordered by Hummel after being convicted of conspiracy to deliver heroin. A trial date of July 17 was set.
Attorney Patricia Kurelac, appearing on behalf of Attorney Peter Kurelac, represented Michael Paul Clegg, Ronald James Morris II, John Wilbur Bowman Jr., and Alexander C. King. innocent pleas were entered on behalf of all of Kurelac’s clients. Bond was set at $5,000 cash in Bowman’s case.
Clegg, 35, of 440 Durham Street, Sistersville, received a one-count indictment of third offense driving under the influence of alcohol. This charge alleges that on or about April 25 Clegg drove a Toyota Corolla vehicle on West Robinson Street and South Third Avenue in Paden City while under the influence of alcohol. Clegg was previously convicted for the offense of DUI in Wetzel County Magistrate Court on or about Oct. 10, 2006, and in Tyler County Magistrate Court on or about Oct. 21, 2009. A trial date of July 15 was set.
Morris II, 20, of HC 60 Box 157, Reader, received a four-count indictment, charging him with two sets of felony entry of a building other than a dwelling and misdemeanor petit larceny.
Both sets allege that on or about March 28, Morris entered the Convenient Food Mart in Paden City and stole cash, totaling less than $1,000. A trial of July 17 was set.
Bowman Jr., 24, of HC 67 Box 45, Hundred, received a one-count indictment charging him with felony entry of a building other than a dwelling, misdemeanor petit larceny, and felony grand larceny. The first two counts of the indictment allege that on or about Feb. 6, Bowman unlawfully entered a garage and stole goods totaling less than $1,000. The third count states that on Jan. 28, Bowman stole a 2001 Chevrolet Suburban motor vehicle that valued more than $1,000. Bowman’s case is set for trial on July 15.
And King, 27, of 746 Hickman Road, Sistersville, is charged with entry of a building other than a dwelling and grand larceny. The charges allege that King entered Wal-Mart on or about March 2 and stole goods totaling more than $1,000. King’s trial date was set for July 17.
A not guilty plea was entered by Amanda M. Bray, 30, of 2640 State Route 45 North Jackson, Ohio, who is being represented by Attorney Thomas White. White requested that Bray’s bond cover all counts against her. The state did not oppose this.
Bray is charged with entry of a building other than a dwelling and grand larceny. These charges allege that on or about March 13, Bray entered Wal-Mart in New Martinsville with the intent to commit a larceny and stole goods with a cumulative value of more than $1,000.
Bray’s case will be tried July 15, unless a plea is entered prior to then.
Dalton Andrew Crohn, 19, of 42 Crystal Lane, Bridgeport, W.Va., along with Frankie Morris Jr., 23, of Mountainview Gardens, Waynesburg, Pa., will be arraigned at a later date. Attorney Neiswonger reported that neither client had been served yet.
Morris, Jr., of Mountainview Gardens, Waynesburg, Pa., received a three-count indictment, charging him with felony burglary, misdemeanor petit larceny, and misdemeanor transferring stolen goods.
These charges allege that on or about September 15, 2012, Morris unlawfully entered the house of the victim, stole a Bond Arms Model BACD Derringer and J.C. Higgins 12 gauge Bolt Action Shotgun, with a value of less than $1,000, and transferred the Bond Arms Model BACD Derringer to another individual.
Crohn received a two-count indictment, charging him with felony entry of a building other than a dwelling and misdemeanor petit larceny. This indictment alleges that Crohn entered a garage unlawfully and stole goods from the victims, totaling less than $1,000.
Jordan Tyler Kerns, 20, of 402 Abbie Drive, New Martinsville, appeared half an hour late to his court hearing; therefore, he was not part of the mass arraignment. Kerns received a two-count indictment charging him with photographing a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct and distribution of material depicting a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct.
In another matter, outstanding capias warrants were still out for Steven E. Straight, Paul Junior Case, Shawn Haslam, Anthony Scott Merritt, and a male known simply as “D Wall” Prosecuting Attorney Timothy Haught stated that the state moved to dismiss these cases without prejudice. They would re-file charges if necessary.
Straight 55, of 10495 Mason Dixon Highway, Burton, was given a one-count indictment by the May 2010 grand jury, charging him with the felony offense of possession of a controlled substance (marijuana) with the intent to deliver.
Paul Junior Chase, 64, formerly of 3500 Main Street, Pine Grove, and more recently of 229 Summit Drive, Apt. D, Salineville, Ohio, faced a one-count indictment charging him with the felony offense of delivery of a controlled narcotic substance (Hydrocodone).
Anthony Scott Merritt, 34, of 2158 Pleasant Valley Drive, Huntington, W.Va., is charged with possession of hydrocodone and domestic battery.
No information on “D Wall” was available.