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Court Cases Continued

By Staff | Dec 4, 2013

The Wetzel County Circuit Court case involving Charles Michael Young, 52, and Mary Evelyn Young, 51, both of Route 1 Box 31A, New Martinsville, has been continued until Jan. 17, 10 a.m.

The Youngs’ attorney, Kevin Neiswonger, stated on Tuesday that evidence submitted by the state, currently at the state crime lab, has been tested, yet the results were inconclusive. However, the state was informed that with more writing samples, the crime lab might be able to reach a conclusion. Therefore, the state is going to obtain more writing samples.

Neiswonger stated that because the samples could possibly exonerate his clients, the Youngs were going to waive their right to a speedy trial this term of court.

The Youngs are charged with feloniously misappropriating the assets of a person over the age of 65 and forging the attestation of a notary public to the Quitclaim Deed at the center of the charges.

Additionally, Mary Evelyn Young’s third count in her indictment states that on or about Dec. 13, 2010, in Wetzel County, she committed the offense of uttering wherein she feloniously employed as true the above named Quitclaim Deed, when she knew the attestation of the notary public thereon was forged.

James Michael Hall, 36, of 11510 Crouse St., Pound, Va., will return to court Dec. 20 for entry of a plea. Previously Hall’s attorney, Neiswonger, stated that the automobile insurance of the person who owned the car Hall was driving on the night of the alleged offense would most likely cover all damages of the accident, except for damages to the vehicle Hall was driving.

However, on Tuesday Neiswonger stated that the insurance company “is giving us a hard time regarding this claim.” Neiswonger said Prosecutor Timothy Haught and himself had decided that Hall would enter into a plea, which would result in a term of probation. “This will give (Hall) time to pay (restitution),” Neiswonger stated.

Haught stated that with four jury trials scheduled in the next two weeks, he would need time to complete paperwork for the plea. Thus, a return date for Hall has been set for Dec. 20.

Counts one and two of Hall’s indictment alleges that on or about Aug. 20, 2012, Hall fled in an automobile on state Route 2 in New Martinsville, from New Martinsville Police Chief Tim Cecil, after Cecil had activated his blue lights in an attempt to stop the vehicle. Hall was allegedly driving a Ford pickup on state Route 2, Parkway Avenue, Fourth Street, Hassner Lane, and Long Street in New Martinsville, while he had an alcohol concentration in his blood of more than 0.15. Count three of his indictment states that, allegedly, during this time Hall did deface a garage located at 829 Fourth Street, a garage located at 825 Fourth Street, a utility pole at the corner of Hassner Lane and Long Street, and a Ford pickup truck in New Martinsville. Damages cumulatively totaled more than $2,500.