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Karl hears additional cases

By Staff | Apr 8, 2009

A defendant accused of entering someone’s home took a plea deal offered by the state in exchange for testimony against his partner.

Brandon C. Walters withdrew his not guilty plea, choosing to plead not guilty in an April 2 hearing before Tyler County Circuit Court Judge Mark Karl. Walters, 23, of 103 Stealey St., Middlebourne, was indicted last month on one felony count of entry of a dwelling.

Walters was the lookout for Dustin K. Fulks. Fulks, 19, of 1269 Buck Run Rd., Sistersville, was indicted on one felony count of burglary, one felony count of unlawful assault and one felony count of entry of a dwelling.

A complaint was filed on Oct. 27, 2008, by the victim. Both Fulks and Walters allegedly tricked the victim into giving information so they could fill prescriptions in the victim’s name. Fulks went into the house and took pill bottles while Walters stood watch in case they were caught. Walters was sentenced to 1-10 years in the West Virginia State Penitentiary for Men with credit for time served. The prison sentence was suspended and Walters was put on probation for two years. Walters must pay $18.44 in restitution to the victim, as well as testify against Fulks.

All charges were dropped against Michael Stevens.

Stevens, 39, of Route 1 Box 578 B, Middlebourne, was indicted October 2008 on one count of manufacturing of a controlled substance. A motion to suppress evidence, filed by Attorney Kevin Neiswonger, was granted by Judge Karl. The state immediately dismissed the indictment.

Plea negotiations are still ongoing in the case of Burnell Robert Wells III.

Wells, 42, of 3011 Glenwood Ave., Moundsville, is charged of two felony counts of sexual abuse in the first degree, two misdemeanor offenses of sexual abuse in the third degree, and one count of the felony offense of sexual abuse by a custodian.

Due to the ongoing plea talks, as well as a possible motion to suppress evidence, Attorney John Brooks asked that a trial date be set for the next term of court, which begins June 8. Judge Karl set a trial date for July 27 at 9 a.m.

Plea negotiations have failed in the case of Mark Blouir.

Blouir, 30, of Route 2 Box 60, Pennsboro, is charged with one felony count of obtaining money by false pretenses. He is represented by Ira Haught. A trial date was set for Aug. 31 at 9 a.m.

Steven D. Wedekamm’s case was continued until May 21 at 1:30 p.m.

Wedekamm, 40, of 313 Hickman Run Road, Sistersville, is charged with one felony count of child abuse resulting in injury. Wedekamm is represented by Cosenza. Wedekamm is recovery from knee replacement surgery and is being given time to recover.

Attorney George Cosenza replaced David White as attorney for Jennifer A. Moffitt.

Moffitt, 31, of 1422 Pleasant Ridge Road, Sistersville, is charged with one felony count of attempting to operate a clandestine drug laboratory, one felony count of possession of substances to be used as a precursor to manufacture of methamphetamine, and one felony count of exposure of children to methamphetamine manufacturing.

Cosenza asked that a trial date be scheduled. Judge Karl set the trial date for Aug. 11 at 9 a.m.

Raymond Jarvis, Corey Hartline, Timothy Lasure, Carol Stewart, and James Quinn will all return to court April 23 at 10 a.m.