Trial set to begin in W.Va. slaying
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The trial of Jerry Lee Hess Jr., charged with first-degree murder in the bludgeoning and beating death of a Martinsburg woman, is expected to begin today in Berkeley County, W.Va.
Hess, 32, of Hedgesville, W.Va., is charged in the October 1999 death of Deborah Lee Grove, 46, of Martinsburg.
Grove's body was found in an orchard in south Berkeley County.
Grove, accompanied by a man, left the Fifty Yard Line Club on Van Metre Avenue in Martinsburg between 3:30 and 5:30 a.m. on Oct. 25, 1999, according to court documents.
The two drove to an orchard off Arden-Nolville Road near Tinsman Lane, according to court documents. The two started to have sex, when the man, who was married, said he was feeling guilty, court documents alleged.