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Preliminary hearings postponed for men charged in Falling Waters death

June 02, 2011
  • Joshua L. Stitley of Hancock and Roy L. Wisotzkey of Hagerstown are charged in the death of a Falling Waters, W.Va., woman and the stabbing of her husband.
West Virginia Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Preliminary hearings were postponed Thursday for two men charged in the death of Vickie E. Clem and the stabbing of her husband in a violent burglary last week at the couple's Falling Waters, W.Va., area home.

Both Joshua L. Stitley, 32, of Hancock and Roy L. Wisotzkey, 33, of Hagerstown are charged with first-degree murder, attempted murder, armed robbery and malicious assault, according to court documents.

Stitley is Clem's son.

In court on Thursday, both defendants separately waived their right to have a preliminary hearing on the charges within 10 days of their incarceration.

Both remain in Eastern Regional Jail, where they are being held without bond, according to jail records.

Defense attorney B. Craig Manford, who learned of his appointment to represent Stitley Thursday afternoon, said after the hearing that he would not continue to represent the defendant because he previously represented Stitley's stepfather.

Attorney Christopher Prezioso was appointed to represent Wisotzkey.

Wisotzkey and Stitley allegedly went to the Clems' house at 81 Vinca Lane with a sword and a baseball bat with the intention of robbing the house, according to police.

Stitley's stepfather, Jack Clem, was stabbed during an argument, police have said.

His wife's cause of death was being investigated, but appeared to involve trauma to the head, police have said.

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— Matthew Umstead

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