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Man charged in Falling Waters slaying waives right to hearing

September 09, 2008|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A man charged with killing a man believed to be his drug supplier in June and burying the body behind his mobile home in a shallow grave near Falling Waters, W.Va., waived his right to a hearing Monday in Berkeley County Magistrate Court.

Carl Eugene Manford, 50, was returned to Eastern Regional Jail after signing a waiver during a meeting with his court-appointed attorney, B. Craig Manford.

Carl Manford, who is not related to B. Craig Manford, is charged with the murder of James Darrell Tucker on June 28, 2008.

Prosecuting Attorney Pamela J. Games-Neely said the state's evidence could be presented to a grand jury during the October 2008 or February 2009 court term.

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Authorities have said the cause of Tucker's death was blunt-force trauma to the head and the 34-year-old Falling Waters man was not stabbed or shot.

Tucker's body was exhumed July 9 from a wooded area behind a trailer rented by Carl Manford, 50, of 230 Kurtis Drive.

Police have said Tucker was Manford's drug supplier, but have declined to specify the drugs involved in what has been described by police as an "extensive drug relationship" between the men.

Tucker was reported missing after he failed to show up for work the evening of June 28 at the family's Hedgesville, W.Va., area gaming business.

His father found his son's white 2006 Pontiac convertible near the Plaza Hotel in Hagerstown near Valley Mall on the morning of June 29.

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