Trial for Va. man charged in deaths of woman, child rescheduled

July 18, 2011|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD |
  • Antonio Prophet
Antonio Prophet

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The trial for a Virginia man charged in the June 2010 deaths of a Berkeley County woman and her young son was rescheduled Monday by 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge Christopher C. Wilkes.

Antonio Prophet, 35, of Lorton, Va., is charged with two counts of first-degree murder and one count of first-degree arson in the deaths of Angela Kay Devonshire, 22, and Andre White, 3, of Bunker Hill, W.Va.

Wilkes scheduled the trial for Feb. 7 after weighing the possibility of needing more time for forensic analysis and Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Games-Neely’s busy trial schedule.

Defense attorney B. Craig Manford told Wilkes that the defense team might want to have some additional forensic testing performed in the case in response to the judge’s question as to whether the ongoing proceeding is “forensic heavy.”

Manford also noted that co-counsel S. Andrew Arnold is scheduled to be “out of town” toward the end of the year.

Games-Neely did not object, citing ongoing exchange of discovery in the case.

Earlier this month, Arnold replaced Christopher Prezioso, who was forced to withdraw due to a conflict of interest involving another case, according to court documents.

In his brief court appearance, Prophet, who was being held in Potomac Highlands Regional Jail in Augusta, W.Va., told Wilkes that he waived his right to a speedy trial.

Several friends and family members of the victims, including Angela Devonshire’s father, Sidney Devonshire, attended Monday’s hearing.

Prophet is accused of slitting Angela Devonshire’s throat in her apartment off Sam Mason Road on June 6 and then leaving the residence after setting it on fire, court records show.

The fire originated in the living room of the residence, and it appeared that both victims fell through the floor of the garage apartment as it burned, court records show.

Prophet fled the area afterward, but was captured June 17, 2010, outside a homeless shelter in Charlotte, N.C., authorities said.

Prophet, who has aliases of Antonio McCreary and James Carter, was indicted in February 2011 on two counts of first-degree murder and one count of first-degree arson.

He was being held without bond.

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