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Deneen indicted on murder charge

February 21, 2002

Deneen indicted on murder charge



By DAVE McMILLION / Staff Writer, Charles Town


MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Berkeley County grand jury on Wednesday indicted a Hagerstown man in the death of a woman whose body was found in the Spring Mills area last summer, according to court records.

Harry William Deneen III, who was being held without bond at the Eastern Regional Jail near Martinsburg, was indicted on a general murder charge, Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Games-Neely said.

Police allege that Deneen, 24, of 139 Randolph Ave., stabbed Doris Amy Frey of Halfway after the two left Duke's Tavern in Hagerstown in the early hours of June 29, 2001.

Frey, 25, who was known by her middle name, Amy, had 33 stab wounds and at least four incision wounds, or cuts, Berkeley County coroner David Brining has said.

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Teenagers on all-terrain vehicles found Frey's body off Porterfield Lane in the Spring Mills area of Berkeley County on July 2.

At first, Deneen denied to police that he knew Frey, but he began a second interview by saying that he did, West Virginia State Police Trooper R.C. Copson testified during a preliminary hearing last August.

Investigator Kenny Barnhart of the Washington County Sheriff's Department testified that Deneen said in that second interview that he bought crack cocaine, then picked up Frey at Duke's the night she was last seen.

Barnhart testified that Deneen told police he and Frey drove somewhere to smoke crack cocaine and have sex. Deneen said he then dropped off Frey in downtown Hagerstown before returning to his girlfriend's home at Rocky Glen in Berkeley County, Barnhart testified.

During the investigation, police found a knife with a hair and house insulation attached, along with a blue towel, a pair of gloves and a lint screen, at an abandoned house on Cove Road in Clear Spring, Barnhart testified.

West Virginia State Police believe Frey was not killed at the site where she was found in Berkeley County.

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