Hearings delayed for two charged in violent robbery, beating case

Evan Russell Shirley and Tyler Shane Munson are being held in Eastern Regional Jail

December 07, 2011|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD |
  • Tyler Shane Munson
West Virginia Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Two men charged in the violent robbery and beating of a 76-year-old man in his Martinsburg-area home waived their rights to preliminary hearings within 10 days of their arrests during separate appearances Wednesday in Berkeley County Magistrate Court.

Magistrate Harry L. Snow told Evan Russell Shirley and Tyler Shane Munson their preliminary hearings would be rescheduled in about 30 days.

Shirley, 22, and Munson, 20, both of Bunker Hill, W.Va., are charged with aggravated robbery, burglary and four counts of conspiracy. Munson also is charged with malicious wounding and assault during the commission of a felony, according to court records.

Both men were being held in Eastern Regional Jail on $200,000 cash-only bonds Wednesday night, according to court and jail records.

During their court appearances, they each applied for a court-appointed attorney to represent them.

Without an attorney present, Shirley asked Snow to reduce his bond, but the magistrate denied the request after Berkeley County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Christine Riley objected, citing the serious nature of the charges.

The victim, who attended Wednesday's hearing, appeared to have a large bruise below his left eye and another scar on at least one hand.

The man told West Virginia State Police he was struck multiple times on the head and face, and on the arm after he raised it to defend himself during the Nov. 28 home invasion-style robbery, according to court records.

Two males allegedly took money from the man's pants pocket,  as well as collectible coins and two laptop computers from his home in the 1100 block of Winchester Avenue just outside of Martinsburg's south end, court records said.

Munson told Snow he was being represented by three attorneys in other cases, which officials confirmed Wednesday are pending in Berkeley County Circuit Court.

He faces two counts of grand larceny, one count of burglary, one count of daytime burglary and one felony count of concealing stolen property, according to court documents.

A hearing on a proposed plea agreement to settle those unrelated charges had been set for Wednesday, but it was continued because the 23rd Judicial Circuit probation office needed more time to prepare a pre-plea investigation report, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Gregory K. Jones said.

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