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Ex-fiance to appeal in ring suit

September 29, 1999|By KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI

A Maryland State Police trooper who sued his ex-fiancee for a $5,000 engagement ring and lost is appealing the decision to Washington County Circuit Court.

Todd Allen Weaver, of Clear Spring, in May filed suit in Washington County District Court against Pebbles Renee Gipe, 21, of 1009 Terrace Heights Drive in Hancock, according to trial transcripts filed Thursday.

Washington County Circuit Judge Ralph France denied judgment in favor of Gipe, court records said.

France said in the transcript that he would decide the case based on the theory that the 2.5-carat marquis cut diamond ring was a gift, and "there's nothing to indicate from the testimony that this was a conditional gift other than the fact that the engagement was subsequently broken up."

Gipe said Monday she was excited when the judge found in her favor and believes she will prevail in the appeal.

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Weaver could not be reached for comment on his appeal.

According to transcripts from the trial, the couple had been dating since 1996 and became engaged Dec. 23, 1997.

The Rockville, Md., state trooper testified that he bought the ring on Sept. 28, 1997, for $5,458.

During the engagement, the couple broke up at least six times, Weaver said in his testimony. The breakups were initiated sometimes by him and sometimes by Gipe, he said in his testimony.

In his testimony, Weaver said Gipe ended the relationship on March 19, telling him "Get out of my life and leave me alone."

He said he made several requests for the ring but she refused to return it.

Gipe testified that it was Weaver who ended the relationship on March 19, and that he was seeing someone else. She said she wouldn't have broken off the engagement because of the approximately $3,000 she had spent on the wedding.

"I have a wedding dress that's already paid for, a reception area that's already paid for, and if I were to break off the relationship I wouldn't put my parents through all this. They refinanced their house and this ring was a gift to me," she said in the trial transcript.

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