TVHS stabbing case continued
The case of a 17-year-old male accused of fatally stabbing his Tygarts Valley High School classmate at a football game last year won’t go to trial until October.
Judge Jaymie Godwin Wilfong granted a defense motion for continuance in the case of Thomas Chevy Vas, of Dailey, in Randolph County Circuit Court Wednesday.
“Your honor, we’re asking for a continuance due to the extensive discovery and ongoing investigation on both sides,” Timothy Prentice, one of Vas’ two attorneys, informed Wilfong. Vas is also being represented by James Hawkins Jr.
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.
Randolph County Prosecuting Attorney Michael Parker told Wilfong the state did not object to Prentice’s request for a continuance “given the serious nature of the case.”
“The state did not object to the defendant’s motion to continue because discovery is ongoing in the case and a number of issues need to be addressed before the case is ripe to proceed to trial,” Parker said in a written statement following the hearing.
“Although the state desires to resolve this case expediently, the state must consider all of the facts and circumstances to ensure that the case proceeds in both an effective and efficient manner,” Parker said.
Vas’ four-day trial was originally slated to take place June 4-7; however, it was rescheduled Wednesday for Oct. 15-18, with jury selection set to take place Oct. 15. By that time, Vas will have turned 18, but that wasn’t the case when he was originally charged in juvenile court. His case was transferred from the juvenile docket to the adult criminal docket in January because he won’t turn 18 until August.
Vas is being held without bond at a juvenile detention facility.