Circuit Court News
According to Circuit Clerk Connie Carr, Judge James Rowe presided over arraignments and hearings in court here Friday, April 6.
State vs. Steven L. Adkison. Arraignment was moved to Wednesday, May 9, at 9 a.m. Adkison was indicted on two counts delivery of a controlled substance.
State vs. William W. McLaughlin. McLaughlin, 31, of Marlinton, pled not guilty to delivery of a controlled substance. Bond remains the same, with the added condition that the defendant may continue to work in Maryland. Trial was set for July 17.
State vs. Christina Taylor. Taylor, 35, of Cass, pled not guilty to two counts delivery of a controlled substance. Bond remains the same. Trial was set for July 18.
State vs. Travis Loudermilk. Loudermilk, 35, of Hillsboro, pled not guilty to delivery of a controlled substance. Bond remains the same. The defendant is allowed to travel only to his job in Virginia.
State vs. Luca J. Byrd. Byrd, 20, of Marlinton, will no longer be allowed to enter an educational program at the Anthony Center, because of the new charges of breaking and entering, petit larceny, a misdemeanor, burglary and grand larceny, according to his defense attorney, Eric Francis. Byrd waived his right to trial and pre-sentence investigation report. Prosecuting Attorney Donna Price offered a plea agreement to grand larceny in exchange for the dismissal of the other charges. On Monday in Greenbrier County, Byrd accepted that plea agreement and pled guilty to grand larceny. Rowe sentenced him to one-to-10 years in the State Penitentiary to run concurrently with the sentence he is already serving, and fined him $500. The sentence was suspended and Byrd was allowed to remain at Anthony Correctional Center.
State vs. Shane E. Currence. Currence, 30, of Belington, pled not guilty to grand larceny. Rowe revoked the defendant's bond because of charges in Virginia, but Currence may be allowed bond later if the Virginia matter is resolved. Trial was set for July 19.
State vs. Bradley C. Totten. Totten, no age available, of Hillsboro, did not appear; however, Special Prosecutor Brian Parsons indicated that Totten is believed to be out of state. Parsons said he has spoken with Michael Callaghan, a Charleston attorney, who was believed to be Totten's counsel. Parsons said Callaghan did not confirm that he represents Totten, but related that the defendant is not evading the law and needs time to return. The arraignment was continued to May 9. Totten was indicted on five counts sexual abuse by a parent, guardian or custodian; three counts sexual assault in the third degree; attempted sexual abuse in the first degree; sexual abuse in the first degree; sexual assault in the second degree; sexual intercourse with an incarcerated person by a person working as a deputy sheriff.
State vs. James A. Landis. Court grants the expungement of a magistrate court case.
State vs. Charles Stull. Price indicated that outstanding motions are still pending and asks for trial to be set for up to eight weeks in the future. Defense counsel Eugene Simmons has asked for a change of venue. The matter was set for further hearing on May 9. Stull, 51, of Mt. Nebo, is charged with murder in the first degree.
State vs. Donald Ray Hoke. Hoke pled guilty to receiving and transferring stolen goods. Three other counts were dismissed, and the matter was referred to the probation department. Hoke, 52, of Marlinton, remains on bond. Sentencing was set for June 22.
In the civil suit Clarissa L. Trainer vs. Anthony Tatano, Rowe ordered a report filed within 10 days after Trainer expressed her fear that appraisers would not reset the matter since it has been continued for so long. Her attorney, William Turner, and Tatano appeared by telephonic conference to say they will attempt to reset an appraisal for April 21.