By DON AINES
Staff Writer, Martinsburg
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Hedgesville, W.Va., man who fled a West Virginia mental hospital prior to a scheduled murder trial was in a Los Angeles County courtroom Wednesday on a traffic charge.
According to a spokeswoman at the Los Angeles County Jail's inmate information line, Banner Cornell Catlett was taken to court for failing to appear in court on a 1994 traffic citation.
Catlett, 21, fled the William R. Sharpe Jr. Hospital in Weston on Sept. 6. He was there awaiting a Sept. 23 trial date on a charge of murder in the Feb. 4 shooting death of Andrew Mason, a Hedgesville Assembly of God volunteer.