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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | December 1, 2007
MARTINSBURG, W.VA. - The trial of a man accused of shooting a bartender at a Harpers Ferry, W.Va., area business was rescheduled for a third time on Friday primarily because a copy of a computer hard drive seized by police after the December 2006 homicide was not provided to the man's defense attorney. James Robert Jones, 26, of 180 Campground Road in Jefferson County was indicted in April 2007 on a charge of first-degree murder in the Dec. 2, 2006, death of Michael Mihalik, 26, of Harpers Ferry.
November 30, 1996
By MARLO BARNHART Staff Writer An evidence-testing crisis is brewing in Maryland and police and prosecutors in Washington County could find themselves in the middle of the dilemma. The growth in the amount and types of physical evidence collected at crime scenes these days is at the heart of the problem, according to Jeff Kercheval of the Western Maryland Regional Crime Laboratory in Hagerstown. "The courts, the public, even juries all expect physical evidence now," Kercheval said.
January 27, 2001
Franklin County judges to consolidate hearings By RICHARD F. BELISLE / Staff Writer CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Tuesdays will soon be known as "Court Day" in Franklin County. Beginning Tuesday, and on that day every week thereafter, preliminary hearings for routine criminal cases will be heard in a central court on the third floor of the Franklin County Courthouse. The proceedings will begin at 9 a.m. and will run all day if necessary. Historically, preliminary hearings have been held in the offices of the six district justices in the county where the crimes occurred.
by MATTHEW UMSTEAD | August 24, 2006
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A 12-count indictment of former Berkeley County Public Service Sewer District director Walter H. "Walt" Sebert Jr. was officially dismissed and removed from the Berkeley County Circuit Court docket Monday, court records show. Sebert still could be indicted on at least one felony count of embezzlement stemming from the February 2005 true bill decided by grand jurors, according to the final order issued by 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge Christopher C. Wilkes. "If everything goes according to plan, we'll be re-presenting the matter to the grand jury in October for their consideration," Berkeley County Prosecutor Pamela Games-Neely said Wednesday.
By DAN DEARTH | | May 29, 2012
A delayed autopsy report prompted a Washington County Circuit Court judge on Tuesday to postpone the trial of a Hagerstown man who is charged in the October 2011 death of a 2-year-old boy. Washington County Circuit Judge M. Kenneth Long set Brian Michael Miller's trial date for Sept. 11. Miller, 33, of 360 Buena Vista Ave., is charged with 16 counts, including first-degree murder, second-degree murder and manslaughter in the death of Logan Sellers, according to court documents.
By ERIN JULIUS | May 9, 2008
HAGERSTOWN -- Correctional officers raised concerns about MRSA - methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus infection - during a meeting Thursday afternoon with Gov. Martin O'Malley and prison officials at the Maryland Correctional Training Center. O'Malley and Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services Secretary Gary Maynard met with the wardens of three state prisons south of Hagerstown, about 25 correctional officers and union officials. Members of the media were ushered out after O'Malley and Maryland Correctional Training Center Warden Ken Horning made their opening remarks.
By DON AINES | | December 29, 2010
Washington County Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley this week denied the post-conviction petition of a man seeking a new trial in the 2007 death of his former girlfriend's infant. Floyd Edward Bingaman III, 24, formerly of Hagerstown, was convicted in November 2007 of first-degree child abuse resulting in death and involuntary manslaughter in the Jan. 6, 2007, death of 4-month-old Justice Christopher Calvin Myers-Cannon, according to court documents. Bingaman was sentenced to 30 years in prison, and his subsequent appeals to the Maryland Court of Special Appeals and the Maryland Court of Appeals were denied, court documents said.
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | | November 15, 2012
The trial for two people charged in the New Year's Day death of a 3-year-old boy was reset for April 1, 2013, to give experts for the state time to evaluate one of the defendants and to review a file in an abuse and neglect proceeding. James N. Mauldin, 21, and Jasmine K. Dawkins, 23, were indicted in May on one count of death of a child by parent, guardian and/or custodian by child abuse, two counts of gross child neglect creating substantial risk of serious bodily injury and one count of presentation of false information regarding a child's injuries in the death of Kaiwon Connelly.
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | September 11, 2008
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A man to be arraigned next week in the 2005 slaying of Donald L. "Dee" Redman told a 23rd Judicial Circuit judge in a letter that he is an up-and-coming songwriter and only was in Martinsburg to work "a little job" to pay for his studio time when Redman was killed. "Now I know that I had nothing to do with whatever these people are talking about," Kurtis Michael Pearsall, aka "Prince" and "Kurt the Flirt," said in a typed Aug. 12 letter to Judge Christopher C. Wilkes.
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