MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - An apparent agreement to release the remains of homicide victim Debra A. Fielder to the administrators of her estate was delayed Monday by a last-minute request to review forensic findings, according to Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney Pamela J. Games-Neely.
Fielder's body remains in Charleston, W.Va., at the West Virginia Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, where samples were taken for testing after police recovered it from Back Creek on Aug. 20, 2006, Games-Neely said. Fielder's body was found dismembered along with gym weights in suitcases by two people fishing Back Creek near the community of Shanghai in western Berkeley County.
Fielder's ex-husband, Stephen R. Fielder of Bunker Hill, W.Va., is charged with her murder. His trial is to begin Nov. 27.
Games-Neely declined to reveal the results of the testing, but said she believes Fielder and his defense attorney, B. Craig Manford, wanted more time to resolve some questions concerning the medical examiner's conclusions about the woman's death and to decide whether to have the same samples tested again or to have certain organs tested.