MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Berkeley County attorney barred from practicing law in West Virginia since 2005 and accused in the grisly killing of his ex-wife in August 2006 appeared in court Monday for arraignment on an indictment of murder.
But Stephen Randolph Fielder's attorney, B. Craig Manford, was unable to attend because of snowy weather in Chicago, and the hearing was rescheduled for next week.
In jail since September, Fielder, 58, was indicted on one count of first-degree murder last week by a grand jury. Manford's absence was explained by 23rd Judicial Circuit judge David H. Sanders.
Weary and somewhat frail in appearance, Fielder on Monday donned a gray beard for court and his hair was pulled into a ponytail.