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November 23, 2009

Bond set in domestic shooting case

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A woman accused of shooting her husband last month after she reportedly learned he had removed her as a beneficiary of his insurance policy was released from jail Monday.

Flor Demaria Slone, 41, of Kearneysville, was released on $25,000 bond and placed on home confinement. She was ordered by 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge Christopher C. Wilkes to surrender her passport as part of the terms of her release from Eastern Regional Jail.

Slone is charged with malicious assault in the shooting of Stephen K. Slone, who was shot in the chest Oct. 21 at his home at 5409 Winchester Ave. in Inwood, W.Va.

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Berkeley County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Greg Jones asked Wilkes to set a $100,000 bond, arguing that Slone was a flight risk and had few ties to the community.

Slone originally was charged with kidnapping and malicious assault and was being held without bond. Berkeley County Magistrate JoAnn Overington, however, did not find probable cause in a preliminary hearing last week to allow prosecution of the kidnapping charge to continue and it was dropped. The ruling prompted the bond petition hearing Monday.

Jones told Wilkes that he disagreed with the magistrate's ruling, but the judge said his decision to set bond was limited to consideration of the malicious assault charge still pending against Slone.

Several people attended Slone's hearing Monday, including a couple who agreed to support her with home confinement arrangements and a woman who said Slone was guaranteed a job in Winchester, Va., upon release.




Man arraigned in concealed body case

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A Morgan County man was arraigned Monday in Berkeley County Circuit Court on one count of attempting to conceal the body of a Frederick, Md., man who police said died from drug intoxication.

A trial for Robert W. Unger, 47, was scheduled for Feb. 2 by 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge Christopher C. Wilkes, who set a $20,000 bond.

Unger was directly indicted by a grand jury last month on one felony count of concealment of a deceased body.

On Feb. 1, 2008, the body of Clarence "C.J." Green Jr., 38, was found in his Ford pickup truck near the Interstate 81 southbound exit for Falling Waters and Marlowe, W.Va., police had said.

The body was covered with a red sleeping bag and Green's feet were sticking out the window, officials have said.

Police have said that Green had heroin, cocaine and alcohol in his system when he died at a home about two miles west of the Berkeley County line off Martinsburg Road.

Berkeley County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Greg Jones told Wilkes on Monday there was evidence of criminal activity in Green's death, but not enough to bring charges in Morgan County, where the death occurred.

Jones said Unger has two prior felony convictions and a lengthy criminal history. If convicted of the pending charge, Unger could receive a one- to 5-year prison sentence and fined $1,000 to $5,000.

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