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By PEPPER BALLARD | September 25, 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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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 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.
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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 | 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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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 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 CANDICE BOSELY | March 30, 2004
martinsburg@herald-mail.com MARTINSBURG - A Martinsburg woman testified Monday that a little more than a month ago her estranged boyfriend stabbed her with an ice pick 23 times, causing wounds to her eye, lung, neck, chest, back, shoulder and head. Charles William Newman, 27, of 52 Phlox Lane, was charged Feb. 26 with one felony count of malicious wounding. He is charged in the stabbing of Tina Butts. After the preliminary hearing Monday afternoon in Berkeley County Magistrate Court, Magistrate Kristy Greer found probable cause to forward the case to Circuit Court for possible grand jury indictment.
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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 ANDREW SCHOTZ | December 11, 2002
andrews@herald-mail.com HAGERSTOWN - A charge of attempted murder against a Hagerstown woman was dropped Tuesday as part of a plea bargain, allowing her to move away from the area to be with her family. After Aletha Tonea Brantley pleaded guilty to second-degree assault, Washington County Circuit Judge Frederick C. Wright III sentenced her to time served in jail, which amounted to 113 days. Brantley was charged in July with attempted first- and second-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and openly carrying a dangerous and deadly weapon with intent to injure.
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