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Trial date set in 2007 W.Va. slaying of Martinsburg woman

July 10, 2008

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The trial for one of two men charged in the homicide of a Martinsburg woman whose decomposed body was found in June 2007 along Dam #4 Road near the northeastern Berkeley County community of Scrabble is on schedule to be held in September, attorneys said Monday.

In a brief status hearing held last week, Anthony Charles Juntilla's defense attorney B. Craig Manford told Judge Gray Silver III that he believed a legal issue concerning attorney-client privilege would be part of a pre-trial hearing in August. Juntilla's trial is slated to begin on Sept. 2.

Juntilla of 86 Tecumseh Trail, is accused in the May 2007 homicide of Tina Marie Starcher. Co-defendant Fred Dwayne Douty II, 29, last month pleaded guilty circuit court to felony murder in the death of Starcher, who police have said was raped and then stabbed to death at Juntilla's home.

As part of a plea agreement, Douty could be eligible for parole after serving 15 years in prison, Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney Pamela J. Games-Neely has said.

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Douty has agreed to testify against Juntilla, S. Andrew Arnold, Douty's attorney, has said.

- Matthew Umstead

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