Magistrate reduces bond for Elkins woman

Bond was reduced Monday for a Randolph County woman facing a drug charge.

Stephanie Lyons, 35, of Elkins, who is charged with possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine, appeared before Randolph County Magistrate George Riggleman with her attorney, Chris Cooper.

Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Lori Grey began the hearing by requesting that one of the West Virginia State Police officials who was on the scene at the time of the arrest give testimony via telephone. Grey explained that he was out of town for personal reasons but was willing to call in his testimony.

Cooper objected to the motion on the grounds that he would not be able to cross-examine the trooper with him not present. Cooper said he needed to show the trooper documents and could not do so due to his absence.

When Grey asked Cooper to explain what documents he intended to show, Cooper said he did not need to tell the state anything about the case.

Grey preferred a continuance of the trial instead of proceeding, under the condition that the defendant, Lyons, waive her right to a preliminary hearing.

Cooper objected to this motion as well, asking the court to reduce Lyons’ bond.

Riggleman said he denied the motion to have the officer testify. He further stated that a continuance could not be granted because, according to State Code, the defense has to agree on a continuance.

Riggleman said he was willing to reduce bond from $50,000 to $10,000 cash or surety and $10,000 personal recognizance.