MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A charge of conspiracy to commit murder that was filed against a man in the shooting of an Inwood, W.Va., woman last month was dismissed Thursday morning, with police charging him instead with accessory before the fact of murder.
Timothy C. Odell, 25, of 427 Winchester Ave., Martinsburg, was in Berkeley County Magistrate Court for a preliminary hearing on the conspiracy charge. The hearing was postponed after Assistant Prosecutor Joshua Henline announced the change in charges.
Both charges carry the same penalty as a conviction of first-degree murder - up to life in prison, Henline said.
To obtain a conviction on a charge of accessory before the fact of murder, the state must prove only that a person assisted in some way with another person's death, Henline said.