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Trial rescheduled for woman charged with murder in overdose

October 09, 2012|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | Matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com
  • Autumn T. Blaine
Autumn T. Blaine

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A preliminary hearing scheduled Tuesday for a woman accused of selling a lethal dose of heroin to a man who died in March at her home was continued after attorneys continued to discuss how to proceed with the case.

Autumn T. Blaine, 37, of 176 Phillips Lane in Bunker Hill, W.Va., is charged with one count of felony murder in the overdose death of Paul Dwayne Burcham, 32, also of Bunker Hill.

Defense attorney Kevin D. Mills confirmed his client would waive her right to the magistrate court hearing if 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge Gray Silver III agrees to set bail for the case.

Blaine is being held without bond on the murder charge, and Mills said he also is asking to have his client’s bond reinstated for a separate case.

Blaine was indicted in February on single counts of uttering, conspiracy to commit uttering, burglary, conspiracy to commit burglary and petit larceny, according to court records. In October, Blaine was charged in a home invasion-style robbery at 1075 Sam Mason Road and Burcham, a resident there, was interviewed about that incident, according to documents.

Silver rejected a proposed agreement that would have resolved the charges contained in the February indictment.

The judge reset the trial for February 2013.

Blaine would have been placed on probation and a five-year sentence would have been suspended as part of a plea agreement that Silver rejected.

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