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Defendants answer to charges

July 30, 2014
BY ED PARSONS - Staff Writer (eparsons@tylerstarnews.com) , Tyler Star News

Kristen M. Cross, 20, of Buck Run, Sistersville, appeared in Tyler County Circuit Court Monday alongside her court-appointed attorney, Justin Craft.

Cross is charged in three counts of a 50-count indictment handed down by the June term of the Tyler County Grand Jury. She is accused in count one of the felony offense of conspiracy to commit an offense against the state, in count four of the indictment she is charged with exposure of a child to methamphetamine a felony and in count 47 she is alleged to have been in possession of precursor with intent to manufacture methamphetamine also a felony. She appeared for arraignment Monday and entered a plea of innocent to the charges.

Prosecutor Luke Furbee stated that due to the seriousness of the charges and the fact she failed to appear for her initial hearing, he recommended bond be set at $15,000.

Craft, told the court there was confusion on court dates which caused her to fail to appear and it was not intentional. He said she was not a flight risk and he would ask for a lesser bond. He also asked the court for a discovery conference.

Judge Karl ordered a discovery conference be held and ruled that bond be set at $15,000. He ordered Cross to appear back in court on Aug. 7. She was told to stay in contact with her attorney and was remanded to jail.

William M. Wells II, 24, of Next Road, Sistersville, appeared alongside his attorney, Thomas White, for arraignment on two separate felony charges handed down by the June, grand jury. Wells is charged with count one of the 50 count indictment with conspiracy to commit an offense against the state and count 49 charges him with possession of precursor with intent to deliver all alleged to have occurred between October 2013 and February 2014. He pleaded innocent to the charges Monday.

White, requested a discovery conference from the court and asked that Wells bond be allowed to continue.

With no objection from the state, Judge Karl allowed the bond to continue and discovery was granted. Wells was told to stay in contact with his attorney and ordered to return to court on Aug. 21.

Shelly Davis, 43, of Third Street, Middlebourne, appeared in court for formal arraignment Monday alongside her court appointed attorney, Dreama D. Sinkkanen. Davis pleaded innocent to two felony offenses handed down by the June grand jury as part of a 98-count indictment.

Count one of the indictment alleges that between October 2012 and Sept. 5, 2013, Davis did conspire to commit an offense against the state. Count 93 of the indictment accuses Davis of possession of precursor with intent to manufacture methamphetamine, alleged to have occurred between October 2012 and Aug. 28, 2013.

Shinkkanen, requested a discovery conference and asked that bond for her client be allowed to continue.

Judge Karl granted the request and ordered Davis to return to court Aug. 7. She was told to remain in contact with her attorney.

Tracy A. Keller, 46, of Dodd Street, Middlebourne, appeared for arraignment alongside her court appointed attorney, Jessica Myers. Keller entered a plea of innocent to two felony charges brought against her by the June, term of the grand jury. The 98-count indictment charges in count one that on or between October 2012 and Sept. 5, 2013, Keller committed the felony offense of conspiracy to commit an offense against the state. Count 95 of the indictment alleges that Keller committed the felony offense of possession of precursor with intent to manufacture methamphetamine.

Myers asked the court for a discovery conference and for her client's bond to continue.

Without objection from the state, Judge Karl granted the requests. Keller was told to stay in contact with her attorney and she was ordered to return to court on Aug. 7.

Stephen D. Shepherd, 52, of Steele Street, Middlebourne, appeared for formal arraignment alongside his attorney, Rocco E. Mazzei. Shepherd is charged in count one of the 98-count indictment with the felony offense of conspiracy to commit an offense against the state and in count 97 of the indictment with the felony offense of possession of precursor with intent to manufacture methamphetamine. On Monday he pleaded innocent to both charges. Both charges are alleged to have occurred between October 2012 and September 2013. His attorney requested discovery and for his bond to continue.

Without objection from the state both requests were granted. Judge Karl told Shepherd to stay in contact with his attorney and he was ordered to return to court on Aug. 21.

Brandy L. Goding, 33, of Temple Circle, Sistersville, appeared alongside her attorney Phillip Bowser for formal arraignment. Goding received a three-count felony indictment from the June term of the Tyler County grand jury. Count one of the indictment charges her with conspiracy to commit an offense against the state, count two of the 50 count indictment charges her with the felony offense of "exposure of children to manufacturing methamphetamine" count 46 of the indictment charges her with the felony offense of possession of precursor with intent to manufacture methamphetamine. She pleaded innocent on Monday to all three counts against her. Her attorney Phillip Bowser told the court there are plea negotiations ongoing. He requested a discovery conference and asked that his client's bond be allowed to continue.

Judge Karl granted the requests with no objection from the state. Goding was told to stay in contact with her attorney and to return to court on Aug. 21.

Jason Todd Shepherd, 31, of Stealey Street, Middlebourne, appeared for formal arraignment. Shepherd is named as a defendant in five counts of an indictment handed down by the June term of the grand jury. Count one of the indictment charges Shepherd with the felony offense of retaliation against a witness having alleged to occur on March 5. Count two through five of the indictment charges that on or about Feb. 4 through March 4, Shepherd committed the misdemeanor offenses of delivery of a controlled substance. Shepherd on Monday pleaded innocent to the charges.

His attorney, John Gainer, asked the court for a discovery conference and for his bond to continue.

Judge Karl granted the requests and ordered Shepherd to return to court on Aug. 21. He was told to stay in contact with his attorney.

 
 

 

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