More Tests Set for Reynolds
Darian Wayne Reynolds, 35, of New Martinsville, will return to Wetzel County Circuit Court at 2:30 p.m., March 18 after undergoing a forensic examination relating to his competency/criminal responsibility.
Reynolds last appeared in court Thursday, Feb. 11. At that time, he rejected a plea offer from the state, which would have required him to plead to one count of incest and one count of sexual abuse by a custodian. After Reynolds rejected the state’s plea offer, Judge Jeffrey Cramer unsealed an 18-count indictment handed down by the January 2016 Grand Jury. In total, Reynolds was charged with six counts of sexual assault in the first degree, six counts of sexual abuse by a custodian, and six counts of incest, all to have been committed against a child. Reynolds pleaded not guilty to all charges.
Though bond was set at $40,000 cash-only in magistrate court, Cramer noted that given the amount of charges, as well as the amount of time in prison Reynolds would face if convicted, the bond would be set at $100,000 cash-only.
At a Friday, Feb. 19 hearing, it was noted that Attorney David White has been appointed guardian ad litem for the alleged child victim.
Attorney Ferro noted that he conferred with Dr. William Fremouw, a Morgantown-area psychologist. Ferro stated that Fremouw is willing to evaluate Reynolds at Northern Regional Jail on March 8 and should have a report within 10 days after the evaluation.