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Surber moved

hearing date uncertain

August 09, 2009

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A preliminary hearing scheduled for Thursday for the man charged with kidnapping and fatally stabbing Katherine Nicole Sharp in June is "definitely off."

And Donald B. Surber Jr. has been moved to a Randolph County, W.Va., jail for reasons that aren't being released, according to Pamela Games-Neely, Berkeley County's prosecuting attorney.

"We haven't received the competency results yet," Games-Neely said Sunday from her home.

She confirmed that Surber is now incarcerated at the Tygart Valley Regional Jail.

Surber, 37, of Winchester, Va., is charged with kidnapping and first-degree murder in the death of Sharp, who was fatally stabbed during a standoff at her home at 10 Raider Lane in the Ridgefield subdivision near Martinsburg.

Surber was taken into custody by police after the 26-hour standoff, which began the morning of June 14, and ended the following day.

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The initial hearing scheduled in magistrate court was postponed June 25 so Surber's competency could be evaluated. An Aug. 13 hearing date was then set.

In July, investigators still were preparing what Games-Neely said will be a substantial police report. Only a portion of the report, which she said is 70 pages, was on her desk, according to an earlier interview.

Unfinished work still under way includes researching the defendant's background and his past statements, she said.

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