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Pendleton trial starts today

July 21, 1998|By KERRY LYNN FRALEY

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Charles Town, W.Va., man will go on trial today in Berkeley County Circuit Court in the 1995 kidnapping and malicious wounding of an Inwood, W.Va., teenager.

Ricky V. Pendleton, 21, is also charged with aggravated robbery and grand larceny in the attack on Ryan B. Frankenberry, then 17, on Nov. 28, 1995.

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.

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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.

Pendleton was indicted by a Berkeley County grand jury in May 1996.

He pleaded not guilty to all counts at his arraignment in March.

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

Pendleton was convicted of carjacking in federal court, Games-Neely said.

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