Newlon hearing date pushed back

ELKINS – A hearing to determine criminal responsibility for an 84-year-old Gilman man accused of murder was rescheduled for Aug. 26 Thursday.

Theodore Yeager Newlon is charged with first-degree murder after allegedly shooting and killing his 68-year-old wife, Dora Lee Newlon, in their home near Gilman on Feb. 6, 2012.

Randolph County Prosecuting Attorney Michael Parker said the hearing was rescheduled because Dr. Thomas Adamski, a psychiatrist from Morgantown, couldn’t attend Thursday.

Adamski is in charge of evaluating Newlon to determine if he was criminally responsible – legally able to bear the full weight of responsibility for his actions – at the time of the


Newlon was found not competent to stand trial during a hearing in late 2012, but was re-evaluated in mid-2013 and found to be competent in an April 2014 hearing.

Also in Randolph County Circuit Court Thursday:

  • Jeremy David Harris, 35, of Elkins, along with his attorney, Kourtney Ryan, made a motion to modify his bond from $10,000 cash only to include surety as a term of the bond.

Parker said he objected to modification of bond based on Harris having a violent criminal history. The motion was denied by Senior Status Judge Thomas Keadle.

Harris is charged with one felony count of domestic battery third offense.

According to the criminal complaint, Trooper C.E. Elliot of the West Virginia State Police was investigating an “unrelated vehicle accident at the High Life Lounge located in the Big Lots parking lot in Elkins” on June 28.

During his investigation, Elliot observed a “small laceration to the alleged victim’s face as well as a large amount of swelling to the victim’s left zygomatic bone area.”

The alleged victim told police “her husband, Jeremy Harris, had struck her while she was working at the High Life Lounge a few nights prior to the vehicle accident,” and that “she was not wishing to pursue criminal charges at this time,” according to the complaint.

Elliot was later provided with a video taken from inside the High Life Lounge that showed the incident take place. In the video Harris can be seen “striking the victim multiple times,” the complaint states.

Upon conducting a criminal history search, Elliot learned Harris had been convicted of domestic battery third offense and of domestic battery second offense on Feb. 17, 2005, police said.

Harris was charged with one count of malicious assault in June after a brawl involving a baseball bat. Also charged in the incident was Delmas Summerfield, Jr., 44, of Elkins, who is facing one felony count of malicious assault and one felony count of failure to meet an obligation to pay support to a minor.