Trial date set in TVHS stabbing
ELKINS – Trial dates were set for a Dailey man accused in a fatal stabbing at Tygarts Valley High School, while the case of an elderly Kerens man charged with shooting his wife to death was continued Thursday in Randolph County Circuit Court.
Thomas Chevy Vas, 18, is charged with stabbing Dustin “Dusty” White, 17, another Tygarts Valley student, outside the TVHS stadium on Oct. 26, 2012. Vas appeared before Judge Thomas Keadle Thursday accompanied by his attorney, John Hawkins.
White died from injuries he suffered during the incident, which occurred about 20 minutes before kickoff in the TVHS and Hundred High School matchup.
The case has been delayed several times due to the serious nature of the offense and the lengthy discovery process involved.
Randolph County Prosecuting Attorney Michael Parker said jury selection in the case has been scheduled for Aug. 18, with the trial set for the following day. Parker said except for a few pre-trial motions, the case was ready to move to the trial phase.
Hawkins agreed, provided the motions were delt with. He stated the motions hearing would be a lengthy process due to the large number of motions. Hawkins said they included motions to suppress statements, evidence of flight, autopsy photos and crime scene photos.
Keadle set Aug. 8 as the date for all pre-trial motions to be heard.
Vas was only 17 at the time of the stabbing; however Circuit Judge Jaymie Godwin Wilfong granted the prosecutor’s motion to try Vas as an adult.
In other court action Thursday, Keadle listened to presentations by the prosecutor and the defense in the case of Theodore Yeager Newlon, 82. Newlon was indicted in June 2012 on one count of murder and one count of wanton endangerment after the fatal Feb. 6, 2012, shooting of 69-year-old Dora Lee Newlon in his home.
Hawkins, Newlon’s attorney, stated the defense was waiting on reports from two psychiatrists and a psychologist regarding criminal responsibility. The hearing was continued and another hearing was scheduled for Aug. 7.