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Trial of Washington County men charged in W.Va. slaying again postponed

Victim in 2011 Falling Waters homicide was mother of one of the defendants

February 28, 2013|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com
  • Joshua L. Stitley and Roy L. Wisotzkey
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MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The trial for two men charged in the May 2011 death of the mother of one of the men was postponed again Thursday to allow more time for evidence to be reviewed in the case.

The trial for Joshua L. Stitley, 34, of Hancock, and Roy L. Wisotzkey, 35, of Hagerstown, was rescheduled for July 30 by presiding 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge Christopher C. Wilkes.
 
Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Games-Neely told Wilkes on Thursday that she did not object to the defense motion.

Stitley and Wisotzkey were indicted in October 2011 on several counts in connection with the death of Vickie E. Clem of Falling Waters, W.Va.

The counts include murder, felony murder, attempted murder, malicious assault, burglary, conspiracy, two counts of assault during the commission of a felony and two counts of first-degree robbery.

Stitley, Clem’s son, also was indicted on counts of fleeing while driving under the influence from a law-enforcement officer and fraudulent use of an access device, according to the indictments.

In addition to being accused of Clem’s death, the defendants allegedly stabbed her husband at the couple’s Falling Waters-area home at 81 Vinca Lane in the Potomac Heights subdivision, police have said.

The men intended to burglarize the house, and Clem was struck with a baseball bat and stabbed with a knife, according to court documents.

The trial, which was postponed for evidentiary and witness availability reasons last year, was originally set to begin in May 2012.

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