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Tyler Court Stays Busy

By Staff | Feb 10, 2016

MIDDLEBOURNE – A few cases have moved forward recently within Second Circuit Court.

Justin L. Walters, 34, of 7526 Indian Creek Road, Alma, was charged with malicious wounding after he allegedly struck Russell P. McIntyre with a shovel March 22 in Tyler County, according to court documents.

Walters pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Tyler County Prosecuting Attorney D. Luke Furbee said Walters has been committed to William R. Sharpe Jr. Psychiatric Hospital in Weston for competency restoration so as he can become competent to stand trial.

In November, Walters attorney, Sharon Bogarad of Weirton, said her client suffers from post traumatic stress disorder because of his time served with the U.S. Military.

In other court news, Marcy Jo Myers, 24, of 2309 Warwood Ave., Wheeling, pleaded guilty to one count of fraudulent used an access device. Furbee said she received a two-year sentence in jail suspended along with two years supervised probation and has to pay restitution. Last year, Myers charged with access device fraud after she used her grandparents’, Shirley and John Myers, bank card to make purchases, according to court documents.

In other court activity, a Sistersville man, who was convicted recently for child abuse and assault charges is scheduled to be sentenced this week.

In January, jury declared Christopher Dodrill guilty of felony child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury to a child under the age of 18 and felony unlawful assault.

The incident occurred Nov. 3 in Tyler County when the child sustained an injury that required medical treatment at area hospitals, according to court documents.

Police said the girl had injuries indicative of being shaken or blunt force trauma.

Dodrill told investigators that the girl fell off the couch and landed on her head, according to court documents.

Two doctors testified that Dodrill’s story didn’t explain the injuries the child, Furbee said. Dr. Sharon Istfan, a pediatrician with the Charleston Area Medical Center, testified that the child was fortunate not to have any lasting health problems. Furbee said the child has recovered from injuries sustained.

Dodrill is serving time from a previous unrelated conviction.