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Howard Shriver to receive trial date

By Staff | Oct 8, 2014

Howard P. Shriver

Howard P. Shriver, 34, of Shinnston, W.Va., appeared in court before Judge Mark A. Karl on Sept. 29 for a status hearing.

Shriver, who was scheduled for trial on this date, waived his rights to a speedy trial until the next term of court after Prosecutor Luke Furbee made a motion to continue. Furbee said a critical state witness had a pre-paid vacation during the trial date and was unable to be at trial.

Shriver is charged in an 11-count indictment handed down by the February 2012 grand jury. He is accused of using an axe-like weapon to break into his wife’s residence. He had been incarcerated for two years prior to being released in June on $50,000 bond and home confinement.

Judge Karl ordered him to return to court on Oct. 15 for a set trial date. His bond was allowed to continue and he was told to stay in contact with his attorney.

William M. Wells, 24, of Next Run Road, Sistersville, pleaded guilty on Sept. 29 to a lessor offense, misdemeanor accessory after the fact to operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug lab.

Wells was indicted by the June term of the Tyler County grand jury of two separate felony charges relating to illegal drug activity in Tyler County involving the manufacture of methamphetamine. Both charges are alleged to occur between October 2013 and February 2014.

In accepting Wells guilty plea on Monday, Judge Karl told Wells he would have to tell the court in his own words what he did which made him guilty of the crime. Wells said, “I gave Shirl Baker a ride to Wal-Mart to buy Sudafed, knowing he was going to use it to make methamphetamine.”

Prosecutor Luke Furbee said if the case were to proceed to trial he would introduce evidence which would show that between December 2013 and February 2014 Wells purchased Sudafed on at least seven occasions.

Judge Karl sentenced Wells to six months with credit for time served and fined him $500. However, as per the plea agreement, the execution of the sentence was suspended and he was placed on one year probation and ordered to pay the cost of his prosecution. He was ordered to report to Chief Probation Officer John Lantz on the second floor of the Wetzel County Courthouse.

Marc A. Baker, 30, of Elk Fork Road, Middlebourne, charged by the June term of the Tyler County grand jury with two felony offenses of illegal drug activity in Tyler County appeared in court before Judge Karl on Sept. 29.

Baker’s attorney, Rodney C. Windom, had argued at a previous hearing for a release of early grand jury testimony. On Monday Judge Karl ruled that it has always been his practice to not release grand jury testimony early, he said it would be provided 10 days prior to trial.

Baker on Monday waived his right to trial until the next term of court which begins Oct. 15. He was ordered to return at that time for a trial date to be set. His bond was allowed to continue and he was told to stay in contact with his attorney.

Brock I. McMahon, 23, of West Main St, Paden City, appeared in court on Monday for further proceedings in his case. He is charged with two separate felony counts of conspiracy to commit an offense against the state and possession of precursor with intent to manufacture methamphetamine. Both offense are alleged to have occurred between July 28 and August 28, 2013.

Joseph Munoz, counsel for McMahon, moved to have his client waive his rights to a speedy trial until the next term of court. He said he met for about an hour with the state recently and negotiations are moving forward. More time is needed for a formal plea offer. He believes they will reach a resolution.

Judge Karl ordered McMahon to return to court on Oct. 15. His bond was allowed to continue and he was told to stay in contact with his attorney.

Brandy L. Goding, 33, of Temple Circle, Sistersville, was charged by the June grand jury with three felony counts of illegal drug activity in Tyler County. On Monday her attorney, Phillip Bowser, told the court there has been a plea agreement reached in structure but it involves drug court and his client works and also has two small children. He said she is considering the offer but needs more time to make arrangements for someone to take care of her children.

On Monday Goding waived the term of court and was ordered to return on Oct. 15. She was allowed to remain on bond.

Stephen D. Shepherd, 52, of Steele Street, Middlebourne, is charged by the June grand jury with two separate counts of conspiracy to commit an offense against the state and possession of precursor with intent to manufacture methamphetamine. Both charges are alleged to have occurred between October 2012 and September 2013.

Shepherd’s attorney, Rocco E. Mazzei, said that through lengthy negotiations a plea agreement has been reached. He moved on behalf of his client to waive this term of court and Shepherd agreed. Judge Karl set Oct. 15 for a plea hearing. Shepherd was ordered to return at that time. He was allowed to remain on bond and told to stay in contact with his attorney.