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Vas murder trial continued

October 3, 2013
By Chad Clem - Staff Writer (cclem@theintermountain.com) , The Inter-Mountain

The trial of a teenage male accused of fatally stabbing a Tygarts Valley High School classmate at a football game last year will be pushed back to January.

Judge Jaymie Godwin Wilfong granted a defense motion for continuance in the case of Thomas Chevy Vas, 18, of Dailey, in Randolph County Circuit Court Wednesday.

Defense counsels Timothy Prentice and John Hawkins, as well as Prosecutor Michael Parker, all moved to issue a continuance for the trial due to it being, as Prentice said, "a complex case with lots of moving parts."

Parker agreed, saying the large number of witnesses makes for a complex discovery process.

Jury selection for the Vas case has been moved to Jan. 7, with the trial scheduled for Jan. 8-10.

In March, Vas pleaded not guilty to one count of murder, a felony, for allegedly stabbing Dustin "Dusty" White, 17, another Tygarts Valley student, outside the TVHS stadium Oct. 26, 2012.

White died from injuries he suffered during the incident.

It was a long day in Randolph County Circuit Court Wednesday, with Judge Jaymie Wilfong overseeing more than 40 hearings in less than nine hours.

The trial of Raymond James Kale Jr., and Loren Garcia, two Dailey residents accused in an incident in which their 9-year-old son was allegedly beaten with a metal pipe between 70 and 80 times, was continued until Jan. 14, with jury selection Jan. 7.

The charges stem from an incident that allegedly occurred May 13 at the couple's trailer in Dailey, said Allyson Scott, a Child Protective Services employee who testified for the prosecution during a magistrate court hearing in May.

Scott testified that she and the investigating officer, Senior Trooper S.E. Hevener of the Elkins Detachment of the West Virginia State Police, interviewed the couple's son and 7-year-old daughter May 14 at a local elementary school after CPS received a complaint.

Ginger Jean Marlow, 30, pleaded guilty to transporting a controlled substance onto the grounds of a correctional facility.

Marlow allegedly smuggled suboxone strips into Tygart Valley Regional Jail in January. Her sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 18 at 9 a.m.

The trial of Buddy Lee Leary, 41, a former Tygart Valley Regional Jail correctional officer accused of forcing a female inmate to engage in sexual acts, was continued to Jan. 13, with jury selection Jan. 7.

 
 

 

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