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New attorney named in fatal stabbing case

June 06, 2011

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A judge on Monday appointed a new attorney for one of two men charged in the stabbing death of Andre Jackson of Martinsburg after ruling that a potential conflict existed with the public defender’s office, which was representing him.

Attorney Eric Black was appointed by 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge Christopher C. Wilkes to represent Thomas Anthony Grantham, 35, after Chief Public Defender Deborah Lawson disclosed in court that she represented co-defendant James Glenn Cross Jr. when the 32-year-old was a juvenile.

Cross is charged with murder in Jackson’s death. Grantham is charged with malicious wounding in connection with the stabbing of a second victim and with attempted murder for allegedly trying to run Jackson over with his vehicle, police have said.

Both defendants are due to appear in magistrate court June 21 for a preliminary hearing on the charges, attorneys said Monday.

— Matthew Umstead

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