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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | February 25, 2013
A mistrial has been declared in Washington County Circuit Court in the case of a New York man charged in a 2006 murder in Hagerstown, because his defense attorney had represented a key state witness in a custody case. Joshua Edwards, 25, spent more than five years fighting extradition from England before he was returned to Hagerstown last year to face first-degree murder in the July 23, 2006, killing of Jackson A. Rodriguez in an apartment in the Washington Gardens complex. Edwards, formerly of Brooklyn, N.Y., also was charged in the same incident with the attempted murder of Tony Perry, who survived a gunshot wound to the head.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | July 19, 2012
A Hagerstown teenager who pleaded guilty earlier this month to second-degree attempted murder in a 2011 shooting was sentenced Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court to 20 years in state prison. Dennis S. Marshall Jr., 17, pleaded guilty to the attempted murder charge and use of a handgun in a crime of violence midway through a July 3 jury trial. The charges were for the Oct. 17, 2011, shooting of Colin Wesley Williams of Hagerstown. Williams was shot in the abdomen near Jonathan Street and Wellers Alley.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | June 29, 2010
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A Virginia man charged in the June 6 deaths of a Bunker Hill, W.Va., woman and her 3-year-old son waived his right to a preliminary hearing Monday in Berkeley County Magistrate Court. Antonio Prophet, 34, of Lorton, Va., who is charged with two counts of murder, did not appear in the courtroom for the hearing, which attracted several family members and friends of victims Angela Kay Devonshire, 22, and Andre White. The waiver signed Monday allows the state's double murder case against Prophet to be bound over to circuit court, where evidence can be presented to a grand jury for indictment.
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January 26, 2001
1994 murder case reopened By MARLO BARNHART / Staff Writer Applying new technology to old evidence has led to the reopening of the 1994 murder case of Donald and Wilda Davis and the recharging of Russell Wayne Wagner with the slayings. Wagner, now 48, stood trial for the murders in 1996, but a Garrett County Circuit Court jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict. Wagner was freed, and the prosecution didn't have enough new evidence to justify retrying the case.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | July 8, 2010
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Prosecutors in a North Carolina murder case are asking Franklin County (Pa.) Judge Douglas Herman to sign an order to exhume the remains of a woman buried in Brown's Mill Cemetery. Court documents state the Durham County (N.C.) District Attorney's Office is requesting the remains of Janet Christiansen Abaroa for four tests. It wants fingerprints, casts of her hands and marks made on her skeleton by the weapon, as well as an answer to whether there are contact lenses in her eyes.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | December 19, 2011
A motion to hold separate trials for two men accused in the April 2011 fatal stabbing of one man and the wounding of another was denied Monday by a circuit court judge. Thomas A. Grantham Jr., 35, and James G. Cross Jr., 33, were indicted in October on single counts of murder, attempted murder, malicious assault and conspiracy in the fatal stabbing of Andre Jackson, 21, and the wounding of Jacques Taylor. Police have said the victims were attacked April 23 while parked in a vehicle in the 1900 block of Rock Cliff Drive near Polo Green Drive just outside Martinsburg.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | December 27, 2011
A 17-year-old Hagerstown male facing attempted murder charges asked Tuesday for his release or a lower bail, but a Washington County District Court judge ordered him to remain jailed on $800,000 bond. Dennis Marshall Jr., whose last known address was 22 West Side Ave., was arrested Friday after Hagerstown police found him hiding in the closet of an Avalon Avenue home. He was charged with second-degree attempted murder, first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, carrying a dangerous weapon with intent to cause injury and possession of a dangerous concealed weapon.
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BY KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI | March 12, 2002
A Washington County Circuit judge Monday denied a defense attorney's request to toss out evidence, including a gun found during a search, a statement made to police and a photo array, in the first-degree murder case of Robert Francis Stevenson Jr.. Stevenson is charged in the fatal shooting of Tyrenti Jaunhea West, 21, of Farrell, Pa., last year at Westview Homes, a housing development in Hagerstown's West End. Defense attorney Mary Riley...
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by CANDICE BOSELY | April 23, 2005
martinsburg@herald-mail.com MARTINSBURG, W.VA. - Family members of Delbert Rodgers said Friday that they have no doubt the man they looked to for wisdom would be celebrating his 96th birthday today had he not been murdered more than two years ago. Three of Rodgers' family members spoke in Circuit Judge Christopher Wilkes' courtroom Friday morning before Wilkes formally sentenced one of the men charged in Rodgers' death. Adhering to the terms of a plea bargain, Wilkes sentenced John Michael Dignazio, 31, to serve life in prison.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | August 6, 2013
The jury in the trial of a Hagerstown man charged in the May 2011 robbery and homicide of Vickie Clem is expected to resume deliberating his fate Wednesday morning in Berkeley County Circuit Court. Roy L. Wisotzkey, 35, of Hagerstown faces charges of felony murder, first-degree robbery, conspiracy, burglary, attempted murder, malicious assault and assault during the commission of a felony, according to the indictment. If found guilty of felony murder, the jury will decide whether Wisotzkey will be sentenced to life in prison with mercy, which would give him the possibility of parole after serving 15 years of the sentence.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | July 3, 2013
A hearing to determine whether a 15-year-old accused of murder will have his case heard in adult or juvenile court was continued Wednesday in Washington County Circuit Court, but the state did outline what it expects from Jenaro Torres if it consents to having his case heard as a juvenile. Torres, of 19 Broadway, Apt. 2, in Hagerstown is charged as an adult with first-degree murder, armed robbery, theft and other offenses in the April 20 shooting death of Steven Andrew O'Brien at his Randolph Avenue apartment.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | February 25, 2013
A mistrial has been declared in Washington County Circuit Court in the case of a New York man charged in a 2006 murder in Hagerstown, because his defense attorney had represented a key state witness in a custody case. Joshua Edwards, 25, spent more than five years fighting extradition from England before he was returned to Hagerstown last year to face first-degree murder in the July 23, 2006, killing of Jackson A. Rodriguez in an apartment in the Washington Gardens complex. Edwards, formerly of Brooklyn, N.Y., also was charged in the same incident with the attempted murder of Tony Perry, who survived a gunshot wound to the head.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | November 5, 2012
The trial for a woman charged with murder after she allegedly sold a lethal dose of heroin to a man who died in March at her home was set for April 9 at her arraignment hearing Monday in Berkeley County Circuit Court. Autumn T. Blaine, 37, was indicted last month by a grand jury on single counts of felony murder and delivery of heroin. Blaine, of 176 Phillips Lane, Bunker Hill, W.Va., waived her right to a trial within the current term of circuit court, which ends in February, and defense attorney Chris Barnhart entered a not-guilty plea to the felony charges.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | July 29, 2012
Defense team changes are in the works for a former State Line, Pa., man awaiting trial in a capital murder case. Franklin County (Pa.) Court of Common Pleas Judge Douglas Herman recently signed an order releasing Public Defender Mike Toms from Jeffrey E. Miles Sr.'s case. Now, attorney Kristen Hamilton will become Eric Weisbrod's co-counsel at a rate of $75 an hour paid by the county. Miles' trial in the April 2010 stabbing death of Kristy Dawn Hoke is scheduled for three weeks in February 2013.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | July 19, 2012
A Hagerstown teenager who pleaded guilty earlier this month to second-degree attempted murder in a 2011 shooting was sentenced Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court to 20 years in state prison. Dennis S. Marshall Jr., 17, pleaded guilty to the attempted murder charge and use of a handgun in a crime of violence midway through a July 3 jury trial. The charges were for the Oct. 17, 2011, shooting of Colin Wesley Williams of Hagerstown. Williams was shot in the abdomen near Jonathan Street and Wellers Alley.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | April 17, 2012
The case of a Hagerstown teenager charged with attempted murder will remain in adult court after Washington County Circuit Judge John H. McDowell on Tuesday denied a defense request to transfer it to juvenile court. Matthew David Smith, 18, of 321 N. Locust St. has been held without bond in the Washington County Detention Center since the Dec. 3 incident in which he is accused of repeatedly stabbing a man at the Arc of Washington County on Marshall Street, according to court records and the statement of probable cause filed by Hagerstown police.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | February 27, 2012
A New York man fighting extradition from the United Kingdom to Washington County on a 2006 murder charge sustained a setback last month when the European Court of Human Rights ruled he would not be subject to “inhuman and degrading treatment” if he were returned to the United States. Joshua D. Edwards, 24, whose last address was Brooklyn, N.Y., was indicted in October 2006 in the July 23, 2006, shooting death of Jackson Agustin Rodriguez. He also was indicted on a charge of  attempted murder in the shooting of Tony Perry in a Washington Gardens apartment.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | December 27, 2011
A 17-year-old Hagerstown male facing attempted murder charges asked Tuesday for his release or a lower bail, but a Washington County District Court judge ordered him to remain jailed on $800,000 bond. Dennis Marshall Jr., whose last known address was 22 West Side Ave., was arrested Friday after Hagerstown police found him hiding in the closet of an Avalon Avenue home. He was charged with second-degree attempted murder, first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, carrying a dangerous weapon with intent to cause injury and possession of a dangerous concealed weapon.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | December 19, 2011
A motion to hold separate trials for two men accused in the April 2011 fatal stabbing of one man and the wounding of another was denied Monday by a circuit court judge. Thomas A. Grantham Jr., 35, and James G. Cross Jr., 33, were indicted in October on single counts of murder, attempted murder, malicious assault and conspiracy in the fatal stabbing of Andre Jackson, 21, and the wounding of Jacques Taylor. Police have said the victims were attacked April 23 while parked in a vehicle in the 1900 block of Rock Cliff Drive near Polo Green Drive just outside Martinsburg.
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