By CLYDE FORD
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Jessica Newell's second-grade classmates planted a tree in her memory Friday, more than six months after she was found slain in a remote wooded area of North Mountain.
The 19 children looked solemn during the quiet ceremony for the 7-year-old Baker Heights girl who was taken from the parking lot of a Pikeside, W.Va., bowling alley on Sept. 18.
Her body was found two days later and her uncle, Michael A. Newell, was charged on Sept. 22 with kidnapping and murder. He is in the Eastern Regional Jail in Berkeley County awaiting trial.