Assault evidence to be used in kidnapping trial
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Leonard Austin Ellinger Jr. has not been indicted by a Jefferson County grand jury on a sexual assault charge, but evidence of that allegation is allowable at his Berkeley County kidnapping trial next month, Berkeley County Circuit Court Judge David Sanders ruled Wednesday.
The ruling allows Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Games-Neely to present sexual assault evidence at the Kearneysville, W.Va., man's March 24 trial.
He is accused of kidnapping a 7-year-old Inwood, W.Va., girl and taking her across the county line, where the girl said she was sexually assaulted.
Ellinger, 32, of 129 Evergreen Drive, will face a Jefferson County grand jury in April, the next time the grand jury convenes.