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Trial of Hagerstown man charged in Falling Waters woman's slaying gets under way

Wisotzkey's statements to police will be admissible, judge rules

July 31, 2013|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com
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MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A jury was seated Wednesday morning in Berkeley County Circuit Court for the trial of one of two men charged in the 2011 homicide of Vickie Clem and wounding of her husband.

Jurors were to hear opening statements in the trial of Roy L. Wisotzkey when proceedings resumed at 1 p.m.

Wisotzkey, 35, of Hagerstown and Joshua Stitley 34, of Hancock were indicted in October 2011 on several counts in connection with the May 2011 death of Clem and the stabbing of her husband at their home at 81 Vinca Lane in the Falling Waters, W.Va., area.

Vickie Clem was Stitley’s mother. Stitley's trial is scheduled for Oct. 22.

The counts against the men 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 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 pretrial actions Tuesday, presiding 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge Christopher C. Wilkes ruled that Wisotzkey’s statements to police are admissible at trial and also allowed the state to show multiple autopsy and crime scene photographs, including images that depict stabbing and blunt-force injuries to the deceased.

The men intended to burglarize the house, and the couple was attacked with a baseball bat and a sword, according to court documents.

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