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Trial in baby's death is postponed

February 28, 2003|by GREGORY T. SIMMONS

A trial for a woman accused in the death of her newborn baby was postponed Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court after lawyers said they needed time for experts to examine the woman.

Patricia Ann Stotelmyer, 26, of 28 W. Wakefield Road, was charged last September with second-degree murder, manslaughter, reckless endangerment, child abuse by a parent resulting in death and child abuse by a parent in connection to the death of a child.

At the time of the baby's death, police said Stotelmyer had prematurely given birth in her bathtub on Sept. 21, 2002, then left the baby there with the water running. Police alleged that the baby suffocated and Stotelmyer disposed of the body in a trash bag.

Public Defender Carl Creeden said Stotelmyer had retained a psychiatrist and a forensic pathologist.

Stotelmyer, who is being held at the Washington County Detention Center, was in court but was not questioned.

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A new trial date was not set.

Lawyers say they will try to have some evidence excluded

Lawyers for a man charged in November with setting two men on fire in separate incidents said in court Tuesday they will try to have some evidence excluded from his trial, which is scheduled for April 26.

Wesley Morgan Armstrong, 47, is charged in each of the two cases with second-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault, second-degree assault and reckless endangerment.

He was being held at the Washington County Detention Center on $400,000 bond.

Police alleged that on Sept. 3, Armstrong threw lighted pieces of paper at Brian Neil Thrift, who was burned in several places.

On Nov. 3, Charles Edward Rappe was badly burned and beaten, police said. Police charged Armstrong and two other men in that incident.

Armstrong, of no fixed address, was in Washington County Circuit Court for a hearing in front of Judge W. Kennedy Boone Tuesday.

Public Defender Mary Riley, one of Armstrong's lawyers, told Boone there were problems in one of the cases with statements taken from Armstrong and with a search warrant that Boone authorized.

Riley requested that another judge rule on the matter involving the search warrant.

Boone said there were no rules preventing him from hearing the arguments, but he granted the request.

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