Thirteen people were arraigned Thursday in Barbour County Circuit Court after being indicted by a grand jury on Tuesday.
Danny Carl Holbert of Route 4 Box 225, Philippi, and his niece, Shannon Marie Holbert of Route 2 Box 121, Belington, were arraigned and ordered by Circuit Judge Alan Moats not to have contact with each other. The two are co-defendants. Their indictments were sealed prior to Thursday's hearing.
A not guilty plea was entered on behalf of Danny Holbert, who did not have an attorney present. He was charged with delivery of a controlled substance and conspiracy. The controlled substances allegedly were Methadone and Klonopin.
Shannon Holbert had a not guilty plea entered on her behalf for two counts of possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver, and one count of conspiracy because she did not have a lawyer. The controlled substances allegedly were Methadone and Klonopin.
Brittany Mae Keene, 18, of Route 2 Box 604 in Philippi, entered a not guilty plea on one felony count of receiving stolen property and two misdemeanor counts of transferring stolen property. Keene's indictment was sealed prior to her arrest on Tuesday.
Keene said she had been staying at Women's Aid in Crisis in Randolph County before her arrest. She was released on a $1,000 personal reconnaissance bond under the condition she live with her grandmother.
Prosecuting Attorney Leckta Poling reported that DNA evidence was obtained at the crime scene and a motion was made to compel a DNA sample from Keene via a mouth swab.
Richard Curtis Layne, 55, of Route 2 Box 77, Philippi, pleaded not guilty to three counts of failure to register as a sex offender and one count of being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm.
Benjamin C. Champ, 46, of 410 Beverly Pike, Belington, pleaded not guilty to three felony counts of delivery of a controlled substance.
Sarah Ann Rutherford, 27, of 2770 Indian Fork Road, Orlando, pleaded not guilty to two felony counts of delivery of a controlled substance for providing drugs to a minor.
Virginia Louise Gardner, 29, of Elkins pleaded not guilty to a felony count of delivery of a controlled substance and a separate felony charge of possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver, and a misdemeanor charge of possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver.
Crystal Lynn Marple, 30, of Route 1 Box 214, Buckhannon, pleaded not guilty to one count of embezzlement by fiduciary, one count of fraudulent schemes, one count of conspiracy and five counts each of forgery and uttering.
Marple requested her name be changed to reflect her married name, Gain. There were no objections to the change. Her husband was also arraigned Thursday. Silas Elliot Gain, 28, Route 1 Box 214, Buckhannon, pleaded not guilty to one count of conspiracy and one count of fraudulent schemes.
"They need to be processed; the state would not oppose a $10,000 surety bond," said Prosecuting Attorney Leckta Poling of the recently married couple. Moats set the bond at that level.
Anthony Baisi, 36, of 313 Battle Street, Philippi, pleaded not guilty to felony charges of embezzlement, fraudulent schemes, conspiracy, uttering, and forgery.
Pamela Kay Delauder, 43, of Route 2 Box 261, Belington, pleaded not guilty to a felony charge of the abuse or neglect of an incapacitated adult. The alleged victim is now deceased.
Jeremy Alan Davis, 35, of Philippi pleaded not guilty to one count of receiving/transferring stolen property.
Chad Aaron Price, 37, of Route 1 Box 267, Philippi, pleaded not guilty to one felony count of driving under the influence, a third offense, and a misdemeanor count of driving with a license revoked for DUI.
Matthew Aaron Cvechko, 37, previously of 104 Beach Avenue, Philippi, who was indicted on one count of conspiracy and one count of fraudulent schemes, was not in attendance for his arraignment on Thursday. He now resides in Virginia. He has agreed to appear on another date that has not yet been decided. Cvechko has no transportation or driver's license, officials said.
All defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.