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Several Enter Not Guilty Pleas

By Staff | Sep 23, 2015

Several defendants indicted by the September 2015 grand jury entered not guilty pleas before Judge David W. Hummel on Friday, Sept. 11 in Wetzel County Circuit Court. Defendants are to return to court for pre-trial hearings on 9 a.m., Nov. 6. Trials were set for the weeks of Nov. 16 and Dec. 14.

John Wilbur Bowman, Jr., 26, and Chelsea Dawn Rye, 25, of 22 Cleveland St., Hundred, received two indictements from the grand jury. A one-count indictment charged each with possession of a controlled narcotic substance (heroin) with intent to deliver. This offense allegedly occurred on June 15, 2015.

A separate three-count indictment charges each with conspiracy to deliver a controlled narcotic substance (heroin), delivery of a controlled narcotic substance (heroin), and delivery of a controlled narcotic substance. These offenses allegedly occurred on March 16.

Zachary Isaac Farley, 22, of 555 Kapple St., New Martinsville, was handed down a one-count indictment, charging him with possession of a controlled narcotic substance (heroin) with intent to deliver. This offense allegedly occurred on or about June 25.

John Michael Morgan, 36, of 279 North Fork Rd., Pine Grove, received a three-count indictment, charging him with possession of a controlled substance (marijuana) with intent to deliver and two counts of prohibited person in possession of a firearm. These offenses allegedly occurred on Feb. 11, 2015.

Cole Michael Mullett, 23, of 456 Martin Ave., New Martinsville, received a two-count indictment, charging him with possession of a controlled narcotic substance (cocaine) with intent to deliver and possession of a controlled substance (marijuana) with intent to deliver. These offenses allegedly occurred on Nov. 13, 2014.

Robert Jason Work, 38, of 27 Rose St., New Martinsville, was not present in circuit court Friday, Sept. 11 to answer to his charges.

Work was charged by the September 2012 grand jury with leaving the scene of a crash resulting in death. This offense allegedly occurred on or about June 10, 2015 in Wetzel County.

Work’s attorney, David White, said his client was currently incarcerated in Ohio because of a bond revocation. Judge Hummel placed a detainer against Work and released a capias so that he must return to West Virginia to answer to his charges, once he’s released in Ohio.