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Murder case delayed for mental evaluation

September 05, 2002|by CANDICE BOSELY

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Hedgesville, W.Va., man charged in his grandmother's death was supposed to appear in court Tuesday, but the preliminary hearing was postponed to allow for a mental evaluation to be conducted, according to a Berkeley County magistrate.

A new date for the hearing has not yet been set, said Magistrate Sandra Miller.

Police say Timothy Dale Wood, 37, is charged with killing his grandmother, Geneva M. Wood, 79, on July 14 by hitting her several times on the head with a cast-iron skillet.

Wood, who was charged with one count of first-degree murder, is a schizophrenic, and took medication for the mental disorder, Berkeley County Prosecutor Pamela Games-Neely previously said.

Wood is being represented by an attorney with the public defender's office.

If probable cause is found at Wood's rescheduled preliminary hearing, the case will be bound over to Circuit Court for possible indictment.

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