Hearings set in Tucker cases

PARSONS – A Hambleton woman who was indicted in October by a Tucker County grand jury on two felony counts of child neglect creating a risk of injury appeared in Circuit Court Monday before Judge Lynn Nelson.

Jessica Poe, 24, was pulled over for reckless driving in August. Officers found two children – a 4-year old and a 2-year-old – riding in the back seat of the car without any type of child restraints or car seats, police said.

Tucker County Prosecuting Attorney Ray LaMora III said Poe’s attorney, Megan Allender, and he were close in discussions and felt they could come to a plea agreement in the case. Nelson set Poe’s hearing for 9 a.m. Dec. 9.

Nelson also set the following hearings:

— ReNee M. Fansler, 32, of Hambleton, appeared before Nelson with her attorney, Chris Cooper. Fansler was indicted on seven felony counts of fraud with an access device. Nelson set her pre-trial hearing for 11 a.m. Jan. 16 and her trial for Feb. 13.

–Kenneth R. Fansler, 44, of Hambleton, appeared before Nelson with his attorney, Tim Gentilozzi. Fansler was indicted on two counts of intimidation of a witness, a felony. Nelson set a pre-trial hearing for 10:30 a.m. Jan. 16 and his trial for 9 a.m. Feb. 27.

— John J. Morton Jr., 28, of Parsons, appeared before Nelson with his attorney, Timothy Prentice. Morton was indicted on one count of first-degree armed robbery, a felony, and one count of battery and one count of assault, both misdemeaners.

Nelson set a hearing for 9:30 a.m. Dec. 9, which will be a scheduling conference or a plea hearing. Morton is currently housed in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail.