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Woman charged in kidnapping waives hearing

September 13, 2002|by ANDREA ROWLAND

andrear@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A woman charged with kidnapping and grand larceny agreed Thursday to waive her preliminary hearing.

Shackled and teary-eyed, Amber Crummit, 20, spoke little during her appearance before Magistrate Carleton DeHaven at the Berkeley County Magistrate Court in Martinsburg.

Crummit's attorney, Randy Rhodes, waived her preliminary hearing and acknowledged that the move was voluntary.

Crummit faces charges in a case involving the July 9 assault and kidnapping of 24-year-old Misty Dawn Hyson, who police have alleged was assaulted and thrown in the trunk of her car then escaped on Interstate 70 near Clear Spring.

West Virginia State Trooper M.M. Kingery has testified that Crummit stood nearby as then-boyfriend Brandon D. Green, 20, attacked Hyson because the couple wanted to steal her Honda Accord and any cash she had.

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Police allege that Green choked, kicked and hit Hyson with a steel car ramp and held a knife to her throat. Crummit and Green were arrested in Florida, where police found Hyson's car, about two weeks after the alleged attack. Green was charged with kidnapping, grand larceny and malicious wounding.

A third suspect, known only as Chris, was last seen in Florida and is still on the loose, police have said.

Crummit and Green were being held in Eastern Regional Jail without bail.

"I love you," Crummit said to family members Thursday as a deputy led her from the courtroom.

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