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Tamburo extradited to face charges in father's death

September 10, 2009|By TRISH RUDDER

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -- A Morgan County, W.Va., man found 12 days ago in Miami and charged with his father's slaying was extradited Thursday to Eastern Regional Jail in Martinsburg, according to Morgan County Prosecuting Attorney Debra MH McLaughlin.

Stephen J. Tamburo III, 39, of Shanghai Road in Berkeley Springs, is charged in Morgan County with first-degree murder and was being held without bond, McLaughlin said Thursday afternoon.

McLaughlin did not know if Tamburo had an attorney.

She said a preliminary hearing on the murder charge is scheduled for Sept. 18 in Morgan County Magistrate Court before Magistrate Kermit Ambrose, who will determine if there is probable cause to move the case forward.

McLaughlin said the criminal complaint includes a report from Dr. James Kaplan of the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Charleston, W.Va. Kaplan wrote that three bullets, as well as bullet fragments, were found in Stephen J. Tamburo Jr.'s body. Authorities said the 62-year-old, also of Shanghai Road, went missing in December 2008.


In April, the body of a white male was discovered in the Sleepy Creek Wildlife Management area close to the Morgan County-Berkeley County line, authorities said. An autopsy by the state medical examiner's office in Charleston, W.Va., determined the unidentified man died about two months before his body was found and that he did not die of natural causes.

In late July, the badly decomposed body was identified as Stephen J. Tamburo Jr., and evidence suggested foul play was involved, Kaplan said.

Stephen J. Tamburo III is to be arraigned Sept. 21 in Morgan County Circuit Court on outstanding drug charges, McLaughlin said. He was indicted in April by a Morgan County grand jury on 15 counts of prescription fraud between September and December 2008.


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