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Several Plead Not Guilty In Circuit Court

By Staff | Nov 10, 2015

Several people were arraigned last week before Second Circuit Court Judge Jeffrey Cramer in Tyler County.

– Christopher Dodrill, 25, of Sistersville was granted more time to prepare his case arising from charges of felony child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury to a child under the age of 18 and malicious assault after an incident alleged to have occurred on Nov. 3 in Tyler County.

According to court documents, Dodrill was watching the infant when the child sustained an injury that required medical treatment at Sistersville General Hospital and later at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown.

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.

Tyler County Prosecutor D. Luke Furbee asked for more time for the state’s expert to review medical records that are being gathered by the state. Judge Cramer granted Furbee’s motion that child’s medical records be sealed for viewing only by prosecution and defense teams.

Doddrill’s trial date is scheduled for Jan. 11.

– Gary Stewart Jr., 31, of 3357 Oil Ridge Road, Sistersville, was charged with three counts of breaking and entering a structure other than a dwelling, one count of grand larceny, three misdemeanor counts of destruction of property, and two misdemeanor counts of petit larceny. Stewart pleaded not guilty to the charges. A trial date has not been set. There will be a hearing Nov. 18 to determine further proceedings.

According to court documents, police said Stewart allegedly broke into and stole $1,200 from Smith Ridge Chapel in April; stereo equipment and an electric power mixer, total value of more than $1,500, from Little United Methodist Church in May; damaged a vehicle belonging to Lana and/or Danielle Williamson in May; broke into Daniel and Danielle Williamson’s outbuilding and stole some welding equipment in May.

– 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. A trial date has not been set, but there will be a hearing Nov. 18 to determine further legal proceedings. Walters attorney, Sharon Bogarad of Weirton, said her client is to be evaluated because pending a psychiatric evaluation, he intends to plead not guilty by reason by of insanity. She said Walters suffers from post traumatic stress disorder because of his time served with the U.S. military.

– Raymond L. Smith, 26, 8166 Energy Highway, Friendly, was charged with fleeing from a police officer while under the influence of alcohol.

Smith pleaded not guilty.

His trial is scheduled for Dec. 16.

According to court documents, Smith allegedly did not stop July 7 on Route 7for a Tyler County Sheriff Deputy Shannon Huffman.

The deputy allegedly pursued Smith’s vehicle up a hill and in the grass around a residence before the automobile crashed through a fence and down an embankment. Smith exited the vehicle, ran across Route 7, and dived over a fence, but Huffman was able to capture him. Court documents said when Huffman asked Smith why he allegedly ran away, Smith said he was drunk and didn’t want to go to jail. His blood alcohol level was .209 according to court documents.

– Marcy Jo Myers, 24, of 2309 Warwood Ave., Wheeling, was charged with three counts of access device fraud after she allegedly used a bank card for a $28 purchase at Dairy queen and to withdraw $400 from an automatic teller machine at Sistersville General Hospital from her grandparents’, Shirley and John Myers, bank account, according to court documents. She pleaded not guilty. Her trial is scheduled for Dec. 14.

– William Jack Parr, 26, of 8166 Energy Highway, Friendly, was charged with driving under the influence Feb. 4 on Route 7. His trial is scheduled for Dec. 21.

– David Allen Haught, 47, of 215 Fair St., Middlebourne was charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance. Moore pleaded not guilty. His trial is scheduled for Dec. 28.

– Richard G. Thorn of Tyler County waived his right to a grand jury hearing on charges of possession with intent to deliver marijuana. A plea agreement will be determined at a later date.

– Mark Baker of Tyler county, who faced drug charges and was granted a diversion in 2014, has successfully completed that program, so his case was dismissed.