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Fatal stabbing trial pushed to March

A Hagerstown man is charged with one count of murder in the stabbing death of Doris Amy Frey, 25.

A Hagerstown man is charged with one count of murder in the stabbing death of Doris Amy Frey, 25.

November 08, 2002|by CANDICE BOSELY

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The murder trial for the man accused of stabbing a Hagerstown woman 33 times last summer has been postponed until March, as both the prosecution and defense examine recently revealed entomology and DNA evidence.

Harry William Deneen III, 25, is charged with one count of murder in the death of Doris Amy Frey, 25, in June 2001. Frey's nude, decomposing body was found a few days later near a field in Spring Mills, W.Va.

In court Thursday morning, Deneen, of 139 Randolph Ave., Hagerstown, appeared with his two attorneys for a pre-trial hearing. A judge agreed to postpone the trial, which had been set to begin Nov. 19.

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An entomology report - in which insects and insect larvae are used to determine how long a person has been dead - said that insects did not begin to infest Frey's body until a day when Deneen was in Kentucky.

Although Deneen's attorneys said that evidence casts a shadow of doubt on his guilt, Berkeley County Prosecutor Pamela Games-Neely said in a telephone interview later that all it proves is that Frey was not killed where her body was found. She said Frey's body was dumped there.

The entomologist said insects came into contact with Frey's body on Saturday, June 30, 2001, when Deneen was out-of-state, Games-Neely said. Police maintain that Frey was killed early on June 29.

Games-Neely said police are tracking down where Frey's body was during that 24-hour period, and that the evidence does not seriously harm her case.

Neither of Deneen's attorneys, Barry Beck and David Camilletti, returned a message Thursday.

The second reason Circuit Judge Christopher Wilkes agreed to postpone the trial was new DNA evidence that links Deneen to a crime committed before the murder, Games-Neely said in court Thursday. She declined to elaborate.

Games-Neely said she wants the jurors in Deneen's murder trial to hear the evidence. Wilkes will decide if it's admissible.

Deneen is being held in Eastern Regional Jail without bail.

Shackled at his wrists and ankles and wearing jail-issue orange, Deneen told Wilkes, after Wilkes asked, that he realizes he can still have his trial later this month, rather than next year. Deneen said he wanted it postponed.

Before the hearing ended, Wilkes asked the two sides if they were working on a plea bargain. Both said they were, and asked that the probation office complete a pre-plea investigation.

Games-Neely could not say what kind of plea may be worked out, or even if one is probable.

Frey's body was found Monday, July 2, 2001, by a boy riding a four-wheeler off St. Andrew's Drive.

Police allege Deneen and Frey left Duke's Tavern in Hagerstown in the early morning of July 29.

Deneen, after first saying he did not know Frey, later told police he did, and that he drove her to a remote spot in Maryland to have sex on June 29, according to court records. He said that afterward, he dropped her off in Hagerstown and went to his girlfriend's home, records show.

A motive for the killing is not known, Games-Neely said.

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