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July 30, 1997
CHARLES TOWN W.Va. - The Wisconsin man charged in the shooting of three Maryland men Saturday night in Harpers Ferry will be assigned a public defender, officials said. The Public Defender's Office in Jefferson County received an application Tuesday to represent Patrick J. Carr, 53, of Minocquan, on three counts of malicious wounding, but no attorney had yet been assigned to the case. Carr is charged with three counts of malicious wounding in the shootings of Danny Lerch, James Hoare and Barry Deeds Sr. at the Harpers Ferry Flea Market at about 9:30 p.m. Saturday.
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by STACEY DANZUSO | July 31, 2002
chambersburg@herald-mail.com CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Attorney Michael Toms will shutter his private Franklin County practice next month to become the county's new public defender. The Franklin County Commissioners Tuesday announced Toms as their choice to replace Robert Trambley, who left the position in late April. Toms will officially take over Aug. 15. As public defender, Toms will handle the most complex cases and oversee a staff of four full-time assistant public defenders and one part-timer, said Doug Price, Human Services division leader.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | March 13, 2012
The trial of a convicted murderer charged with stabbing a Maryland Correctional Training Center inmate last year was delayed Tuesday in Washington County Circuit Court after he told the judge he could not afford $50 for a public defender. Andre Watford, 52, is charged with first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and possession of a weapon while confined. He is accused of stabbing fellow inmate Larry Brown in the head, back and side on April 10, 2011, according to the application for statement of charges.
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April 8, 2010
Pa. man charged in Hagerstown woman's death Forest fire near Whitetail contained after burning 45 acres Public defender might represent man charged in city woman's slaying Five finalists named in 2011 Teacher of the Year program Gang member wanted in N.J. captured in Chambersburg
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by PEPPER BALLARD | May 12, 2005
pepperb@herald-mail.com One of two brothers who broke out of prison, then jail, and set the Tri-State area on edge more than 20 years ago now is trying to get out of prison legally. Charles Bruce Franklin is alleging one of his defense attorneys, now a Washington County Circuit judge, coerced him to plead guilty to a 1979 murder. Franklin, 49, was sentenced in May 1980 by then-Washington County Circuit Judge John P. Corderman to serve life in prison after he pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in connection with the August 1979 beating death of 28-year-old Raymond D. King.
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January 20, 2009
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- An apparent scheduling mix-up by the 23rd Judicial Circuit public defender's office in Martinsburg caused court officials to again reschedule a hearing for a woman who was charged in November with animal cruelty and solicitation of prostitution. After waiting for several minutes for Breshannon Deveraux's court-appointed attorney to appear for a 9:15 a.m. preliminary hearing, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Stephanie Saunders told Magistrate W. Randy Smith in court that the public defender corporation's office in a courtroom telephone conversation indicated it didn't have the case on attorney Thomas Stanley's schedule.
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November 5, 2008
WASHINGTON COUNTY -- Washington County could be forced to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars this year on private attorneys, also known as panel attorneys, no longer being funded by the Maryland Office of the Public Defender. The state spent about $200,000 on panel attorneys in Washington County in fiscal 2008, Washington County Assistant Attorney Andrew F. Wilkinson said Tuesday during a discussion about the issue with the County Commissioners. Panel attorneys are hired by the public defender's office to prevent conflicts of interest when the public defender is representing two or more defendants in the same case.
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by DON AINES | April 8, 2005
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Berkeley County Commission Thursday hired Gregory E. Behan as a new assistant prosecuting attorney, filling an open position in the office. Behan, who earned his law degree at West Virginia University, said he previously was an assistant prosecuting attorney in Taylor County, where he was also the city attorney for Grafton, W.Va. Prior to that, Behan said he worked as a public defender in Cabell County. Behan was hired at a salary of $39,000. Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Games-Neely said her office has seven full-time assistant prosecutors.
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by PEPPER BALLARD | June 8, 2005
pepperb@herald-mail.com One of two brothers sentenced to life in prison for the 1979 murder of a Hagerstown man has been denied relief from his sentence, Washington County Circuit Judge John H. McDowell ruled in an opinion filed last week. Charles Bruce Franklin, 49, alleged in a petition filed Oct. 8, 2004, that his defense attorney, now a Circuit judge, coerced him to plead guilty to the Aug. 26, 1979, murder of Raymond King. Under an agreement that the prosecution would not seek the death penalty, Franklin and his brother, Warren Douglas Franklin, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in connection with King's death and received life sentences, according to the opinion.
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by PEPPER BALLARD | September 26, 2006
HAGERSTOWN - A Salvadoran man who pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the December 2005 stabbing death of Eliezer Rodriguez is asking to withdraw his plea and have a trial on the original charges, according to court documents. Through attorney Stephen H. Sacks, Angel Teodoro Villatoro, 36, said in a motion filed Sept. 13 that he wants to withdraw his June 9 guilty plea because he did not stab Rodriguez and did not participate "in the actions leading to the victim's death.
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June 5, 2012
Six attorneys are being interviewed by members of the Judicial Vacancy Advisory Commission to fill the vacancy created by the appointment of former 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge Gina M. Groh to the federal bench, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's office said Tuesday. Those being interviewed are Nicholas Forrest Colvin, Kimberley D. Crockett, Laura V. Faircloth, Michael D. Lorensen, Erin K. Reisenweber and Homer A. Speaker, according to Tomblin's office.  The commission is expected to recommend three finalists from the group for Tomblin's consideration.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | March 13, 2012
The trial of a convicted murderer charged with stabbing a Maryland Correctional Training Center inmate last year was delayed Tuesday in Washington County Circuit Court after he told the judge he could not afford $50 for a public defender. Andre Watford, 52, is charged with first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and possession of a weapon while confined. He is accused of stabbing fellow inmate Larry Brown in the head, back and side on April 10, 2011, according to the application for statement of charges.
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April 8, 2010
Pa. man charged in Hagerstown woman's death Forest fire near Whitetail contained after burning 45 acres Public defender might represent man charged in city woman's slaying Five finalists named in 2011 Teacher of the Year program Gang member wanted in N.J. captured in Chambersburg
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By DON AINES and JENNIFER FITCH | April 7, 2010
WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- Franklin County (Pa.) Public Defender Michael Toms said Wednesday his office might represent Jeffrey Eldon Miles Sr., the 46-year-old State Line, Pa., man charged with criminal homicide in the death of a woman whose body was found Tuesday in a wooded area off East Ninth Street in Waynesboro, Pa. Toms said his office would petition the court to represent Miles. Miles is charged with killing Kristy Dawn Hoke, 29, of Hagerstown, whose family reported her missing on Easter Sunday, according to police and court documents.
NEWS
January 20, 2009
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- An apparent scheduling mix-up by the 23rd Judicial Circuit public defender's office in Martinsburg caused court officials to again reschedule a hearing for a woman who was charged in November with animal cruelty and solicitation of prostitution. After waiting for several minutes for Breshannon Deveraux's court-appointed attorney to appear for a 9:15 a.m. preliminary hearing, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Stephanie Saunders told Magistrate W. Randy Smith in court that the public defender corporation's office in a courtroom telephone conversation indicated it didn't have the case on attorney Thomas Stanley's schedule.
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November 5, 2008
WASHINGTON COUNTY -- Washington County could be forced to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars this year on private attorneys, also known as panel attorneys, no longer being funded by the Maryland Office of the Public Defender. The state spent about $200,000 on panel attorneys in Washington County in fiscal 2008, Washington County Assistant Attorney Andrew F. Wilkinson said Tuesday during a discussion about the issue with the County Commissioners. Panel attorneys are hired by the public defender's office to prevent conflicts of interest when the public defender is representing two or more defendants in the same case.
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By ERIN JULIUS | October 1, 2008
HAGERSTOWN -- Of the 200,000 cases handled by the Office of the Public Defender in the last fiscal year, 10,000 were handled by private attorneys due to conflict of interest with the public defender's office. Due to recent budget reductions, the public defender no longer will pay for private attorneys -- known as panel attorneys when they work in this capacity -- to represent clients, said Kimberlee Schultz, director of communications for the Office of the Public Defender. The new policy is effective Wednesday, Schultz said.
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By ERIN JULIUS | August 13, 2008
HAGERSTOWN -- A man who pleaded guilty to first-degree felony murder in the August 1997 shooting death of a Waynesboro, Pa., man was back in court Tuesday claiming he did not understand the nature of the charge to which he entered a plea and asking for a new trial. Washington County Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley said he would make a decision in about 60 days. Two attorneys who represented David Paul Paschall, 34, in the 1990s testified Tuesday that they had several lengthy discussions with their former client about the meaning of first-degree felony murder.
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By ERIN JULIUS | August 17, 2007
The man accused of kidnapping an 11-year-old girl from her Halfway apartment and raping her will be represented by Assistant Public Defender Jerome J. Joyce, according to Washington County Circuit Court documents. James Ellis Hackey Jr. was scheduled for a court appearance Thursday, but it was canceled because Joyce already had filed his appearance as the man's attorney. Hackey, 39, was charged June 14 with two counts of rape, four counts of sexual offense, one count of sodomy, one count of unnatural and perverted sexual practice, one count of kidnapping, one count of abduction, one count of assault, one count of Peeping Tom, two counts of theft and three counts of burglary in the attack reported May 10. The 11-year-old girl's younger sister woke up the night of the kidnapping and saw a man sitting on the edge of her sister's bed, according to court documents.
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by PEPPER BALLARD | September 26, 2006
HAGERSTOWN - A Salvadoran man who pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the December 2005 stabbing death of Eliezer Rodriguez is asking to withdraw his plea and have a trial on the original charges, according to court documents. Through attorney Stephen H. Sacks, Angel Teodoro Villatoro, 36, said in a motion filed Sept. 13 that he wants to withdraw his June 9 guilty plea because he did not stab Rodriguez and did not participate "in the actions leading to the victim's death.
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