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By DAVE McMILLION | November 21, 2007
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Raymond Hoak was found guilty Tuesday morning of voluntary manslaughter, but the verdict in Jefferson County Circuit Court appeared to do little to calm feelings on either side of the case. After the verdict was read, Hoak's wife, Shelley, began crying. She approached the defense table and Hoak, 31, came to her for a long embrace. Outside the courtroom, Hoak's wife said her husband had to fight for his life when victim Larry G. Hose was alive. "He's got to fight for it again," she said.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | November 17, 2007
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The jury seated in Raymond E. Hoak's murder trial on Friday could not reach a verdict after about 61/2 hours of deliberations in Jefferson County Courthouse, and decided to break for the weekend. Deliberations will resume Tuesday. Hoak is accused of shooting Larry G. Hose, 29, of Kearneysville, W.Va., in the parking lot of Images nightclub along W.Va. 51 near Middleway, W.Va., in February 2003. Indicted on a first-degree murder charge, Hoak first was tried in 2005.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | November 14, 2007
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The attorney on trial for allegedly killing his ex-wife last year and dumping her dismembered remains in Back Creek testified Tuesday that he didn't think police would believe his claim that her death was an accident so he attempted to cover it up instead of reporting it. "I didn't intentionally strike her," said Stephen R. Fielder, who is charged with the murder of Debra Ann Fielder, 47. Jurors seated for the 59-year-old Bunker...
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August 7, 2007
When Pfc. Jesse Spielman addressed the jury last week, he didn't offer any alibis or excuses for his role in the rape and murder of an Iraqi girl and the deaths of her family members. "I don't really blame my chain of command. I don't really blame anybody. I could have stopped it. I take responsibility for my actions," he said. Spielman, a 2002 graduate of Chambersburg (Pa.) Area High School was accused of acting as a lookout as other soldiers raped an Iraqi girl, killed her family and then burned her body to cover up the crime.
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By ERIN JULIUS | April 18, 2007
HAGERSTOWN The Maryland Court of Special Appeals has reversed the conviction of a Hagerstown man found guilty of first-degree felony murder in Washington County Circuit Court in January 2005 and granted him a new trial. Tyshawn Jones, 25, was convicted of murder in the March 14, 2004, shooting death of Jonathan M. Dennis of Waynesboro, Pa., who was struck by a single bullet after an armed robbery outside an apartment at Washington Gardens Apartments in Hagerstown. Jones was sentenced by Circuit Judge John H. McDowell to serve life plus 30 years in state prison.
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by PEPPER BALLARD | October 7, 2006
HAGERSTOWN - After more than six hours of deliberation, a Washington County Circuit jury found Jack L. Hammersla Jr. guilty Friday of first-degree felony murder and second-degree murder in the November 2003 bludgeoning death of Shirley P. Finfrock. The jury of six women and six men acquitted Hammersla, 49, on a charge of first-degree premeditated murder in the 68-year-old Finfrock's Nov. 12, 2003, death. The first-degree felony murder conviction is based on a first-degree burglary.
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by MATTHEW UMSTEAD | September 29, 2006
MARTINSBURG, W.VA. - A jury of eight women and four men deliberated for nearly 10 hours Thursday before finding a 27-year-old Berkeley County man guilty of first-degree murder in the August 2005 shooting death of Debbie K. Bivens. Timothy Charles Odell also was found guilty of conspiracy to commit murder, but jurors attached mercy to count one of their verdict, meaning he could be eligible for parole after serving at least 15 years of a life prison sentence. Odell could be sentenced to up to five years in prison for the conspiracy conviction, according to 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge Christopher C. Wilkes, who presided over the three-day trial.
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by MARLO BARNHART | August 20, 2006
HAGERSTOWN - The verdict came in 20 years ago. The sentence was life - a lifetime of friendship for a group of strangers brought together by jury duty. A core group of those former jurors has been enjoying "time served" on their sentence, which began in December 1985. "We started out with a picnic in August 1986 that was going to be once a year," ex-juror Maryann Miller said. That first event was so enjoyable, the group and their spouses decided to make it twice a month for dinner.
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by MATTHEW UMSTEAD | August 5, 2006
MARTINSBURG, W.VA. - A former West Virginia State Police sergeant was found guilty Friday of mail fraud in U.S. District Court in Martinsburg and could be sentenced to 20 years in prison and fined $250,000. George William Bradshaw III, 58, of 614 E. Moler Ave. in Martinsburg, appeared relatively calm after the verdict was announced about 3:15 p.m. and even comforted a family member who couldn't hold back tears. The verdict - whihc came after more than three hours of deliberations - concluded five days of proceedings that featured testimony by at least 16 current and former officers with the agency.
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