Defendants return for formal arraignment
Several defendants indicted by the October session of the Tyler County grand jury appeared in court Thursday for formal arraignment.
William B. Neff, 51, of Middlebourne, appeared alongside his attorney John Gainer of the Public Defender Corp. Neff who was in court for arraignment on his indictment of nine felony sexual offenses, had his case continued until Nov. 7 at 10 a.m. Gainer asked the court to reschedule to allow him more time to confer with his client. Judge Mark A. Karl granted his request and ordered Neff remanded back to the NCRJ. He remains under $90,000 bond.
Raymond L. Smith, 24, of Middlebourne, was in court for formal arraignment. He appeared in person with his attorney, John Gainer. Smith is accused of the felony offenses of night time burglary and entering a dwelling house with the intent to commit a crime, grand larceny of property valued at more than $1,000, and the misdemeanor offense of destruction of property by damaging a sentry safe. Gainer advised that his client would stand silent and asked the court to enter a plea of innocent to all charges on his behalf. The court entered the plea and ordered Smith back to jail where he remains under a $10,000 cash or surety bond. He was ordered to return to court on Nov. 7 at 10:00 a.m.
Timothy J. Channell, 49, of 3219 Braden Hill Road, Jacksonburg, stood silent as the court entered an innocent plea on his behalf to his indictment on two felony counts of malicious assault and one misdemeanor, second offense domestic battery. Both offenses are to have occurred on Aug. 23 in Tyler County. Judge Karl presented him with a copy of his indictment and his attorney, John Gainer, was given copies of the state’s discovery response and request by Prosecutor Luke Furbee. Channell was released on bond and ordered to stay in contact with his attorney. He is to return to court on Nov. 7 at 10 a.m.
Douglas R. Kimball, 36, of 173 3rd Ave. Bridgeway, Middlebourne, failed to appear in court. A capias warrant has been issued for his arrest. He is charged by the October grand jury with the felony offense, possession of a controlled substance, alprazolam, a schedule IV controlled substance, with the intent to deliver. The offense is to have occurred on July 30 in Tyler County.
Brandon L. Rodriguez, 25, of 232 Maple Ave., New Martinsville, failed to appear for his one-count indictment of felony obtaining money under false pretenses, by representing that he would install a new metal roof, He received $2,900 from the victim and failed to fulfill the contract. A capias for his arrest had been ordered and he was picked up and taken to the NCRJ. A transport order had been prepared, however he was not transported to court. He currently is incarcerated at the jail under $5,000 cash/surety bond. Karl ordered him to be in court on Nov. 7 at 10 a.m.
Maverick Stewart, 21, of 243 N. Wells St., Sistersville, had his case continued until Nov. 7 at 10 a.m. His October grand jury indictment consists of five felonies and one misdemeanor. On July 9 he allegedly committed the offenses of daytime burglary by breaking and entering a dwelling in Paden City and grand larceny by allegedly taking jewelry valued at more than $1,000. On Aug. 2 he allegedly committed daytime burglary in Tyler County and petit larceny by unlawfully stealing, two 1956 Sistersville class rings and two gold necklaces. Then on Aug. 4 Stewart allegedly committed the offenses of daytime burglary by breaking and entering a dwelling house in Tyler County and grand larceny by unlawfully and feloniously stealing certain $2,000 cash. He remains in the NCRJ.
Matthew D. Witsoe, 25, of Rt 1, Box 156-2 Beverly, W.Va., again was not in court, a capias for his arrest had previously been ordered and will continue. He is to appear in court on Nov. 7 at 10 a.m. if picked up. He is charged by the grand jury with a three-count indictment of felony breaking and entering and two misdemeanor offenses of destruction of property.
Robert Wilkinson, 49, of Chelsea St., Sistersville, appeared in person alongside his attorney public defender, John Gainer. Wilkinson, whose last appearance was on Aug 1,, is charged with third offense domestic battery. Judge Karl asked his attorney what his desire was at this time. He responded that he would like a trial date set, Prosecutor Furbee agreed. Karl then set the case for trial on Dec. 9 at 9 a.m. Wilkinson was ordered to be in court at that date and time, he was told to remain in contact with his attorney. He was allowed to remain free on his former bond.