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Two plead not guilty to DUI causing death in separate crashes

June 01, 2010|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD
  • Jeffrey Wayne McKinney
West Virginia Regional Jail & Correctional Facility Authority,

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Two men accused of driving under the influence causing death in separate crashes pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges contained in indictments returned last month by a Berkeley County grand jury.

Jeffrey Wayne McKinney, 37, of 126 Ramblin Rose Lane, Martinsburg, was indicted on one count of DUI causing death and failure to yield in a March 18 crash that police have said caused the death of Mary Frances Punt, 57, of Hagerstown.

Punt died at the scene of the collision at the intersection of U.S. 11 and Berkeley Station Road, police have said.

Punt was traveling north on U.S. 11 toward Hagerstown from Inwood, W.Va., where she was attending a church function, when the crash occurred at about 11:30 p.m., police have said.

In the second fatal DUI case, Stuart A. Woodling, 32, of 3137 Shirley Road, Charles Town, W.Va., was indicted on one count of DUI causing death and one count of DUI causing injury, according to Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Jean Games-Neely's office.

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On Oct. 13, 2009, James W. Shell, 59, was pronounced dead at the scene of a collision in the 2600 block of Middleway Pike (W.Va. 51) at about 4:15 a.m., police have said.

Mark S. Geaghan, a passenger in Shell's vehicle, was injured, police have said.

Police have said Woodling appeared to be intoxicated and testing showed he had a blood-alcohol content of .202, above the legal limit of .08. Woodling was treated for minor injuries, police have said.

In separate arraignment hearings Tuesday, 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge Gray Silver III agreed with defense attorney Harley O. Wagner and Games-Neely, who are handling both cases, to schedule the trials for both men on Oct. 26, given the similarity of the cases.

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