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by MATTHEW UMSTEAD | May 22, 2007
MARTINSBURG, W.VA. - The trial for a 22-year-old man accused of killing his stepmother last year might be delayed because the findings of a mental evaluation have yet to be shared with the state. Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney Pamela J. Games-Neely filed a motion Friday to continue the trial of Thomas A. Dawson, and she said Monday that she still had not received a copy of a physician's report. Jeannette Dawson, 41, of 345 Blair St., Berkeley Village subdivision, was found dead at her home Aug. 30, 2006, after firefighters responded to a report of a fire.
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by DON AINES | March 23, 2006
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Greencastle, Pa., woman charged with repeatedly stabbing her brother pleaded not guilty to attempted homicide charges Wednesday in Franklin County Court. A mental evaluation will be performed to determine whether she is competent to stand trial. Public Defender Michael J. Toms told Judge Richard Walsh that Vivian Jane Daddona had been evaluated by a psychiatrist and "the result of that ... is he felt she is not competent to stand trial. " The examining psychiatrist, however, was not a forensic psychiatrist and a further evaluation is needed, Toms said.
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by DON AINES | June 5, 2003
chambersburg@herald-mail.com CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -Two Franklin County men convicted of sexual assaults against minors have received the designation of sexually violent predator and will be listed as such for the rest of their lives under Pennsylvania's version of Megan's Law. Shawn Paul Lesher, 22, no fixed address, received the designation during a hearing before Judge Carol Van Horn earlier this year. On Wednesday, she sentenced Lesher to two to 10 years in state prison on a charge of aggravated indecent assault, a second-degree felony.
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by CANDICE BOSELY | March 25, 2003
martinsburg@herald-mail.com MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The man accused of shooting West Virginia State Trooper R.J. "Bobby" Elswick once in the head last fall has previously taken lithium after he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, one of his attorneys said Monday. During a routine status hearing, attorney Margaret Gordon told Circuit Court Judge David Sanders that David Munday, 37, was treated in Frederick, Md., for the mental disorder. She did not say when the diagnosis or treatment took place.
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by DAVE McMILLION | February 26, 2003
charlestown@herald-mail.com CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A Kearneysville, W.Va., man charged with first-degree murder in a shooting death of another man outside the Images nightclub earlier this month will be released from jail if he meets bail and undergoes a mental evaluation, a judge ruled Tuesday. Raymond E. Hoak, 26, appeared in Jefferson County Circuit Court Tuesday to request that a bond be set for him. He has been held without bond in Eastern Regional Jail because first-degree murder is a capital offense, said his attorney, Kevin Mills.
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by CANDICE BOSELY | September 5, 2002
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Hedgesville, W.Va., man charged in his grandmother's death was supposed to appear in court Tuesday, but the preliminary hearing was postponed to allow for a mental evaluation to be conducted, according to a Berkeley County magistrate. A new date for the hearing has not yet been set, said Magistrate Sandra Miller. Police say Timothy Dale Wood, 37, is charged with killing his grandmother, Geneva M. Wood, 79, on July 14 by hitting her several times on the head with a cast-iron skillet.
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February 1, 2002
Man sentenced for having sex with ARC client By KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI kimy@herald-mail.com A former job coach at the Washington County Association for Retarded Citizens who had sex with a client of the agency told a Washington County Circuit judge Thursday that the relations were consensual. "I was not imposing my will. It was mutual," said Charles Ronald Bolden, 53. Bolden of 16827 Petmar Circle, pleaded guilty in October 2001 to abuse of a vulnerable adult.
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February 26, 1997
By DAVE McMILLION Staff Writer, Martinsburg MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - An Arkansas judge ordered mental evaluations for two Eastern Panhandle brothers charged in the slaying of a truck driver in Arkansas last month, according to a court official. Conway County Circuit Court Judge Paul Daniels agreed with a request from the brothers' defense attorney to seek the evaluations in order to determine whether the men are mentally capable to stand trial, said Circuit Court Clerk Carolyn Gadberry.
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