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Trial date set for W.Va. assault case

March 16, 1998|By AMY WALLAUER

Trial date set for W.Va. assault case

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Charles Town, W.Va., man charged in the kidnapping and assault of an Inwood, W.Va., teenager was scheduled Monday to stand trial June 9 in Berkeley County Circuit Court.

Ricky V. Pendleton, 21, who is serving a federal sentence for carjacking, also is charged with aggravated robbery and grand larceny.

Pendleton was indicted by a grand jury in May 1996 in a Nov. 28, 1995, attack on Ryan B. Frankenberry, then 17.

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It took nearly two years to arraign Pendleton because of other charges he faced in New Jersey and federal courts, said Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Games-Neely.

According to court records, Frankenberry was kidnapped by two men after he offered to give them a ride. The men beat Frankenberry, stole the 1987 Porsche he was driving and left him in an abandoned house in Jefferson County, records show.

Authorities said Frankenberry made his way to a rural road, where a passerby picked him up and drove him to Jefferson Memorial Hospital.

New Jersey State Police later spotted the car on the New Jersey Turnpike and a high-speed chase ensued, according to court records.

The driver, David Wayne Gibson, lost control of the Porsche and ran off the road, records show.

Gibson and his passenger ran into a swamp, where both were shot by New Jersey troopers, according to court records.

Gibson, who police alleged was reaching for a gun, was killed. Pendleton was wounded.

At his arraignment Monday, Pendleton pleaded not guilty to all counts through Public Defender Aaron Amore.

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