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Forensic scientists to testify in murder trial of Hedgesville man

August 04, 2008|By DAVE McMILLION

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Forensic scientists from Marshall University and the West Virginia State Police crime lab are expected to testify at the Sept. 2 trial of a Hedgesville, W.Va., man charged in the death of a Martinsburg woman whose decomposed body was found last year in northeastern Berkeley County.

Fred Dwayne Douty II of Martinsburg and Anthony Charles Juntilla of Hedgesville each were indicted on charges of first-degree murder.

Tina Marie Starcher, 40, allegedly was picked up by two men May 27 and taken to a home in Hedgesville where she was forced to have sex with them and was killed, according to authorities.

Douty previously pleaded guilty to first-degree murder. Juntilla's trial is set for Sept. 2.

DNA was found in the house where police believe Starcher was killed and the state will attempt to show that it was Starcher's DNA, Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Games-Neely said Monday in Berkeley County Circuit Court.

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As part of the state's effort to make a connection between the found DNA and Starcher, DNA samples were taken from Starcher's father and daughter, Games-Neely said.

Forensic scientists from Marshall and the state police crime lab are expected to testify about the DNA during the trial, Games-Neely said.

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