Advertisement
YOU ARE HERE: HeraldMail HomeCollectionsProsecution
IN THE NEWS

Prosecution

FEATURED ARTICLES
NEWS
November 30, 2000
Prosecution rests case in Wallace trial By MARLO BARNHART / Staff Writer The prosecution rested its case Wednesday after the director of a private DNA testing laboratory testified that blood found on murder suspect Thomas Clifford Wallace's shorts matched the blood of the man he is accused of killing. continued "The frequency of this match being repeated in the population would be 1 in 143 million," Kevin McElfresh, vice president of Bode Technology Group in Springfield, Va., testified Wednesday in Washington County Circuit Court.
NEWS
By MARLO BARNHART | September 25, 1999
A Martinsburg, W.Va., man who stalked and threatened a Washington County sheriff's deputy last year was spared prosecution Thursday, provided he continue psychiatric treatment and remain in a group home. James Maxwell Hammond, 72, of 126 S. Raleigh St., had been charged with stalking, trespassing, harassment and third- and fourth-degree burglary, court records said. The case was placed on an inactive court docket Thursday by Washington County Circuit Judge Frederick C. Wright III. As long as Hammond has no contact with Deputy Valerie Weaver and stays away from her home, the charges will not be prosecuted.
NEWS
by PEPPER BALLARD | March 23, 2006
HAGERSTOWN Washington County State's Attorney Charles P. Strong Jr. filed notice Wednesday that he will seek the death penalty for Brandon Morris if a jury convicts the inmate of first-degree murder in the Jan. 26 shooting that resulted in the death of Roxbury Correctional Institution Officer Jeffery Alan Wroten, according to court documents. When reached by phone Wednesday, Tracey Wroten, Wroten's ex-wife, said, "My family fully supports that. " Morris, 20, who is being held at the Maryland Correctional Adjustment Center in Baltimore, commonly known as Supermax, was indicted Feb. 22 by a Washington County grand jury on 36 counts, including three first-degree murder charges, in Wroten's Jan. 27 death.
NEWS
November 3, 2000
Pa. man faces prosecution in Hancock clinic incident Probable cause was found Thursday to continue the prosecution of a Warfordsburg, Pa., man who Hancock police say pointed a loaded weapon at a woman and fired a shot inside a busy medical clinic in Hancock Sept. 26. Noble Peck, 49, of Route 2, Box 340, Warfordsburg, Pa., was charged with first- and second-degree assault, two counts of reckless endangerment and disorderly conduct. He has been free on $10,000 bond.
NEWS
January 2, 1997
By MARLO BARNHART Staff Writer The way was cleared Tuesday for two of the three men charged in the attempted armed robbery of a bank in Sharpsburg Oct. 28 to stand trial in Washington County Circuit Court. Darrel Andre Shanton, 24, of Hagerstown, and Julian D. Pace, 22, of Martinsburg, W.Va., were each bound over for further prosecution Tuesday by Washington County District Court Judge Ralph France. They are being held at the Washington County Detention Center on $50,000 bond each.
NEWS
By HEATHER KEELS | January 14, 2008
ELLICOTT CITY, Md. - Prosecutors are scheduled to begin presenting evidence today in the trial of Brandon T. Morris, the former state prison inmate accused of killing a correctional officer while escaping from Washington County Hospital in January 2006. Morris, 22, of Baltimore, could face the death penalty if he is convicted of first-degree murder. He has pleaded not guilty to more than 30 charges, which also include kidnapping and carjacking, but his defense team has said it will focus on proving the shooting was not premeditated.
NEWS
February 7, 2012
Federal charges pending against a Martinsburg business have been dismissed, but a former manager of the company still faces prosecution, according to court documents. An order dismissing the government's case against Martinsburg Motor Sports Sales Inc., was filed Jan. 12 in the U.S. courthouse in Martinsburg, the court documents said. The business and Larry E. Presgraves Jr. of Inwood, W.Va., were charged last summer with evading federal reporting requirements for cash deposits, the documents said.
NEWS
by DON AINES | March 14, 2005
chambersburg@herald-mail.com CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A new witness for the prosecution has prompted another delay in the case of a Chambersburg man charged with stabbing his estranged wife to death more than 21/2 years ago. The case of William Cleary, 31, of 137 Garfield St., on a charge of first-degree murder was to have gone to trial last week, but defense attorneys asked for the continuance to allow additional time to prepare in light...
NEWS
November 30, 2000
Wallace found guilty By MARLO BARNHART / Staff Writer After nearly five hours of deliberations Thursday, a Washington County Circuit jury found Thomas Clifford Wallace guilty of the first-degree murder of a Greencastle man in August 1997. continued "Since the state has asked for life without parole in this case, I think a pre-sentence investigation is appropriate," said Circuit Judge John H. McDowell, who ordered Wallace held without bond until sentencing.
NEWS
By DON AINES | June 7, 2000
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Franklin County Court of Common Pleas Judge John R. Walker ruled Wednesday that a statement Timothy Ross made to police cannot be used by the prosecution in his criminal homicide trial. According to testimony at the suppression hearing, Ross was being questioned in a homicide case unrelated to his own when he made a statement to Pennsylvania State Police officers at the county prison on March 27. Ross, 26, of Chambersburg, is charged with the March 1, 1999, shooting death of Drake Luckett, 34, of Chambersburg, in a downtown bar. Trooper James Graham said he was at the prison to interview Ross and other inmates about any possible statements made by two other prisoners.
ARTICLES BY DATE
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | August 7, 2013
A Jefferson County assistant prosecuting attorney who pleaded not guilty Wednesday in federal court to drug distribution charges was sent a job-termination letter Wednesday, Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney Ralph Lorenzetti said. James Casimiro III, 37, of Charles Town, W.Va., was terminated as of 5 p.m. Wednesday, Lorenzetti said. The letter was mailed Wednesday to Casimiro, who was suspended without pay at the time of his arrest last month, and it also was being faxed to his attorney, Lorenzetti said.
Advertisement
NEWS
November 13, 2012
The case of a Brunswick, Md., man accused of child sex abuse was in Washington County Circuit Court Thursday as attorneys offered different opinions of the procedure for obtaining and sharing investigative documents. Circuit Judge John H. McDowell said he would look into the matter before making a decision in the case of Jeffrey B. Mallery. Charges against Mallery, 39, of 417 Brunswick St., include sex abuse of a minor and sex abuse of a minor as a continuing course of conduct, according to court records.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | July 10, 2012
A man on trial for the June 2010 homicides of Angela K. Devonshire and her 3-year-old son doesn't dispute being at the victims' home hours before they died, however, he is not responsible for the crimes, one of his attorneys said Tuesday in opening statements.  Eight women and four men were sworn in as jurors Tuesday for the trial of Antonio Prophet, who was indicted in February 2011 on two counts of first-degree murder and one count of first-degree arson...
NEWS
By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | April 26, 2012
A Washington County Circuit Court jury will hear closing arguments Friday morning in the case of Darrell Hicks, a Hagerstown man accused of fatally stabbing his roommate and leaving the body lying in an apartment closet for days. Hicks, 54, did not testify, and the defense rested its case Thursday without calling any witnesses. Judge Daniel P. Dwyer dismissed the jury at about 3:30 p.m., telling its members that they will hear the closing arguments in the case Friday. Hicks is charged with first- and second-degree murder, manslaughter and carrying a dangerous weapon with intent to injure, according to court records.
NEWS
By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | April 24, 2012
A Washington County Circuit Court judge has ruled that a detention center inmate's statements during a disciplinary hearing can be used by the state in prosecuting him on accusations he conspired to distribute prescription drugs in the jail. Ronald Eugene Wilson II, 35, was charged on Nov. 5, 2011, with distribution of Suboxone, which is used to treat opiate addiction, as well as criminal conspiracy to distribute Suboxone and other charges in a case that also involved a former correctional deputy at the jail.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | February 15, 2012
The Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney's Office claims a court magistrate exceeded her authority and failed to follow procedure when she dismissed drunken-driving charges against two people and then filed new charges against them to settle the case. The actions taken by Magistrate JoAnn Overington in two hearings on Feb. 6 were made “all over the objection of the state,” a petition filed Monday in circuit court said. The petition for writs of mandamus and prohibition asks the court: To void Overington's decision to file new charges of reckless driving against Lauren B. Nethers of Winchester, Va., and Franz X. Hiergeist of Martinsburg.
NEWS
February 7, 2012
Federal charges pending against a Martinsburg business have been dismissed, but a former manager of the company still faces prosecution, according to court documents. An order dismissing the government's case against Martinsburg Motor Sports Sales Inc., was filed Jan. 12 in the U.S. courthouse in Martinsburg, the court documents said. The business and Larry E. Presgraves Jr. of Inwood, W.Va., were charged last summer with evading federal reporting requirements for cash deposits, the documents said.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | January 26, 2011
A restitution hearing was postponed again Wednesday for a Berkeley County woman who pleaded guilty to animal cruelty in October 2010 for the mistreatment of more than 50 horses and two cows. Mary O'Brien, 37, pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of animal cruelty and was fined $1,000 in October. She still could be ordered to pay thousands of dollars in restitution stemming from the care that officials said was provided to keep the animals alive. Found malnourished and with little to eat or drink at Hidden Meadows Equine Rescue Inc., the horses and cows were seized Sept.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | January 25, 2011
A federal judge Tuesday sentenced a former Martinsburg attorney to five years of probation for her part in an alleged scheme to be paid for court-appointed work that was not done. Heidi J. Silver Myers, 32, pleaded guilty in April 2010, to one count of aiding and abetting mail fraud and one count of aiding and abetting wire fraud, but the court deferred acceptance of the plea until sentencing. Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul T. Camilletti told U.S. District Court Chief Judge John Preston Bailey in Tuesday's sentencing hearing that since entering the plea, Myers provided "substantial" assistance to the government in preparing to prosecute co-defendant, Nancy P. Burkhart.
The Herald-Mail Articles
|