HAGERSTOWN -- The case of a Hagerstown man charged with trying to hire someone to kill his wife was to have gone to trial today in Washington County Circuit Court but was continued to a later date, Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Gina Cirincion said Monday.
The trial of James Eugene Keiser Jr., 45, was continued because a witness was unavailable, Cirincion said Monday. Cirincion said she expected two unrelated cases against Keiser to proceed today.
Keiser, of 1044 Fairview Road, was a prisoner at the Washington County Detention Center when he tried to hire another prisoner to kill his wife, Shirley Keiser, according to allegations in the application for statement of charges filed by the Washington County Sheriff's Office.
During Christmas week in 2009, Keiser asked the other man if he would be interested in making $15,000, the application alleged.