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August 25, 2006
A preliminary hearing for a Maryland Correctional Training Center inmate charged with stabbing another inmate was postponed to give the defendant time to get legal representation, according to Washington County District Court records. According to a charging document, Eric Juan Mills, 21, stabbed a fellow inmate July 16 with a shank measuring about 6 inches long and a half-inch thick. The homemade weapon, a sharpened piece of metal, was wrapped on one end with cardboard, according to the charging document.
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By DON AINES | November 22, 1999
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Centralized preliminary hearings and armed probation officers were two items discussed Friday as the Franklin County Board of Commissioners continued work on the 2000 budget. cont. from news page The county's six district justices now hold preliminary hearings at their offices around the county, requiring police to drive jailed defendants from Franklin County Prison in Chambersburg to as far away as Mercersburg, Pa., about 25 miles. Court Administrator William Sheaffer, said having hearings in the courthouse will cut transportation costs.
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by ERIN CUNNINGHAM | August 19, 2005
HAGERSTOWN erinc@herald-mail.com It was unusual for a prison inmate convicted of assaulting a correctional officer to appear in court Wednesday without a lawyer, but it was not unjust, according to Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Robert Veil. Talbert Parran, 44, had appeared in court several times without a lawyer since the October 2004 assault and was advised several times to seek counsel, said Veil, who prosecuted Parran. Parran represented himself Wednesday, although he asked several times for an attorney.
NEWS
August 22, 1997
By LISA GRAYBEAL Staff Writer, Chambersburg CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Blake Martin, Franklin County's first public defender and a mentor to local attorneys and judges, died late Thursday morning. He was 67. A known and respected fixture in the local legal circle, Martin practiced law up to the end as an associate in the Chambersburg law firm of David C. Cleaver and Associates, P.C. The Franklin County Bar Association appointed Martin, a Chambersburg native, as public defender in 1967.
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by DAVE McMILLION | March 3, 2004
charlestown@herald-mail.com CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Emotions were evident Tuesday when Vernon H. Dunlap Sr., charged with murder in the death of his girlfriend, appeared in Jefferson County Magistrate Court for a preliminary hearing. The hearing was continued after one of Dunlap's attorneys said the defense team needed more time to take care of issues in the case, including having a psychological exam conducted on Dunlap. When public defender Tom Delaney mentioned the psychological exam, outbursts could be heard from the back of the courtroom where members of the victim's family were seated.
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by DON AINES | April 6, 2005
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The preliminary hearing for a woman charged in connection with the drowning death of her infant daughter has been postponed until Tuesday, May 3, according to the Franklin County District Attorney's Office. Jessica Bobbett, 21, of 300 S. Second St., Apt. A, was charged last week by Chambersburg police with endangering the welfare of a child in the Nov. 2, 2004, death of 11-month-old Ja-liyaha Aviles. The girl's twin brother, Jahleel, also was injured in the incident at Bobbett's former home at 212 Linden Ave. Bobbett's hearing was scheduled for Tuesday, but Assistant District Attorney Nancy Meyers said it was continued so that a public defender could be appointed to represent the woman.
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By DAVE McMILLION, Charles Town | November 17, 1998
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A Wisconsin man who was found guilty in a 1997 shooting that left three men wounded will face between 21 and 65 years in prison under a sentence handed down Monday, officials said. Patrick Carr, 53, of Minocquan, Wis., was found guilty in September of three counts of malicious wounding and one count of first-degree sexual assault in the July 27, 1997 shooting near the Harpers Ferry Flea Market. Carr will face between two and 10 years in prison for each of the malicious wounding charges and between 15 and 35 years for the sexual assault charge, said public defender Andy Arnold.
NEWS
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 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.
NEWS
September 25, 1997
By DON AINES Staff Writer, Martinsburg MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Michael Alan Newell met with his attorney Wednesday for about an hour as his Friday preliminary hearing approaches on charges that he kidnapped and murdered his niece, 7-year-old Jessica Lynn Newell. Berkeley County Public Defender Aaron Amore was appointed Wednesday by Circuit Judge Thomas Steptoe to represent Michael Newell, who was arrested Monday by West Virginia State Police. Police and scores of FBI agents were involved in the investigation, which began following the disappearance of the Baker Heights girl from Pikeside Bowl last Thursday.
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