Trial Date Set In Murder Case
MOUNDSVILLE – Second Judicial Circuit Court Judge David W. Hummel Jr. set March 28 as the tentative trial date for Jessica Dawn Quinn of Paden City.
Quinn, 36, of 114 South Third Ave., Paden City, is charged with murder and wanton endangerment involving a firearm. The incident occurred on June 8 at her residence in Paden City when Quinn allegedly shot and killed Kevin Thompson and injured her uncle, Steve Quinn.
According to court documents, Quinn has admitted to shooting Thompson. She said he was not attempting to harm her, court documents said, but claimed it was a result of her being in fear of her children’s safety. Thompson was reportedly there to deliver firewood for Quinn’s outside firepit. He did not have a weapon and a search of his vehicle turned up the firewood, according to court documents.
During a hearing March 5 at Marshall County Circuit Court, Wetzel County Prosecutor Tim Haught said though Quinn had a psychological exam in late February, he is still waiting for the written evaluation and has yet to receive the forensic report concerning the fingerprints on the gun from the lab. Haught said he didn’t anticipate a long wait, but that’s where they are at this time.
Defense Attorney Kevin Neiswonger said the finger prints were important to him based on what a couple witnesses may or may not say, but they may not be important so the state won’t need them
Haught said the parties have not yet submitted all the pre-trial documents and he felt that needed to be done. He said that the only thing he can see that might hinder the trial date is that Second Judicial Circuit Court Judge Jeffrey Cramer has several trials that week which may cause a scheduling conflict for Quinn’s case.
Hummel said there would have a pre-trial hearing on at 1 p.m. March 17.