Barbour grand jury indicts 12

PHILIPPI – Of 12 indictments returned by a Barbour County grand jury Wednesday, four involved sexual abuse or assault – including the indictment of a Belington man who allegedly attempted to beat the devil out of his girlfriend.

William Lee Marsh III, 43, also is accused of mutilating three dogs over the course of several months, according to previous reports. In Barbour County Circuit Court Wednesday, he was indicted on one felony count of first-degree sexual abuse, three felony counts of animal cruelty, one felony count of forgery of a credit card, one felony count of violation of a protective order and one misdemeanor count of domestic battery.

During a domestic incident, Marsh allegedly forced a female victim to engage in sexual acts on Jan. 14, according to the criminal complaint on file at the Barbour County Magistrate Court. The complaint states that the alleged victim asked him to stop, but he did not.

That same day, Marsh allegedly attempted to “beat a demon” from his then-girlfriend after grabbing her by the hair and pushing her face against a mirror. He allegedly screamed at her and told her that he could see in her eyes that she was possessed, according to the criminal complaint that charges him with domestic battery.

Marsh also allegedly grabbed the woman by her throat, attempting to “get the demon out” and demanding that she look him in the eye.

The complaint also alleges that he threw her on the toilet and hit her in the chest, saying, “Demon be gone.”

On Jan. 16, Marsh allegedly tried to make contact with a victim who had filed a protective order against him. According to that criminal complaint, Marsh had his mother and a friend leave telephone messages for the alleged victim.

Marsh also is accused of committing violent acts against different dogs. According to one of three animal cruelty complaints, on Dec. 24, 2013, he shot a neighbor’s dog with a rifle and it ran away yelping. He allegedly returned later to take it away. Marsh allegedly wrapped that dog in Christmas decorations and took photos of it.

A second complaint states that Marsh allegedly mutilated a dog on April 12, 2013, and took photos of himself with it; some photos allegedly depict Marsh wearing the dog’s skin and biting its tongue.

The third complaint states that he allegedly recorded a video of a dead dog that had been shot in the neck on Aug. 17, 2013. The video also allegedly depicts Marsh mutilating the dog with what appeared to be a machete.

Eleven other individuals were also indicted Wednesday.

– Brian Lee Brookover, 42, of Moundsville was indicted on eight felony counts of third-degree sexual assault, one felony count of incest and one felony count of sexual abuse by a parent, guardian or custodian.

– Kadontae Yabarrie Brooks, 20, of Debary, Fla., was indicted on three felony counts of second-degree sexual assault and one misdemeanor count of battery.

– Christopher Lynn Cunningham, 36, of Belington, was indicted on one felony count of third-degree sexual assault.

– Beth Ann Bolyard, 47, of Buckhannon, was indicted on one felony count of first-degree arson.

– Jason Paul Daugherty, 29, of Philippi, was indicted on one felony count of uttering, one felony count of conspiracy and one felony count of attempted possession of a controlled substance by misrepresentation, fraud, forgery, deception or subterfuge.

– Randall Mark Montgomery, 31, of Galloway, was indicted on one felony count of forgery, one felony count of conspiracy and one felony count of attempted possession of a controlled substance by misrepresentation, fraud, forgery, deception or subterfuge.

– Michael Shane White, 33, of Elkins, was indicted on one felony count of uttering counterfeit currency and one misdemeanor count of obtaining goods by false pretenses.

– Jason Wayne Mongold, 36, of Belington, was indicted on one count of driving while under the influence, third or subsequent offense.

– Matthew Rion Streets, 29, of Philippi, was indicted on one felony count of driving while under the influence, third or subsequent offense.

– Christopher William Russell, 29, of Belington, was indicted on one felony count of failure to register or provide notice of registration changes to the child abuse and neglect registry, second offense.

– Richard William Koehlerschmidt, 45, of Belington, was indicted on one felony charge of failure to register or provide notice of change in a sex offender registry, third offense.

Contact Melissa Toothman by email at mtoothman@theintermountain.com.