McWilliams enters plea to murder charge

BUCKHANNON — A Buckhannon man behind bars since March 2018 pleaded guilty pursuant to Kennedy vs. Frazier to voluntary manslaughter this week in Upshur County Circuit Court.

Timothy McWilliams had been arrested for the first-degree murder death of his father, Leo McWilliams, on March 8, 2018. He was indicted in the January 2019 term of the grand jury.

The Kennedy plea means that McWilliams did not have to offer a factual basis for his plea but prosecuting attorney David Godwin gave the basis for the plea.

Judge Kurt Hall did not immediately accept the plea but scheduled a hearing for July 3.

McWilliams will now undergo a pre-sentence report including a 60-day diagnostic evaluation.

In other court news Friday before Hall:

• Daisy Mae Bleigh, also known as Daisy Mae Hall, 39, represented by Hunter Simmons, pleaded guilty to delivery of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, a felony. On May 10, 2018, Bleigh admitted she sold meth to another individual while she was using the drug. She has asked for a pre-sentence investigation. Bleigh could face one to five years in prison and/or a fine up to $15,000. Under the terms of the plea agreement, Bleigh will agree to pay restitution and to forfeit cash and drugs. The remaining counts will be dismissed. Hall set sentencing for 1:30 p.m. on June 13. Bleigh remains in the custody of the regional jail system.

• Carly Arbogast, 22, represented by Ira Richardson, pleaded guilty to fraudulent schemes, a felony. Between April and June 2018, Arbogast told the court she and two other individuals took items from Lowe’s and then returned them to purchase gift cards. Arbogast said the scheme was done to get money for drugs. Under the terms of the plea agreement, the state will recommend alternative sentencing and will dismiss the remaining counts. Arbogast could face one to 10 years in prison or one year in jail and up to a $2,500 fine and she will have to pay back over $600 in restitution. Arbogast remains free on bail as she is awaiting sentencing set for 2 p.m. on June 13. On Thursday, co-defendants Johnna Courtney and Sydney Williams had their cases continued to the next term of court.

• Caleb Ryan Corder, represented by Brian Bailey, pled guilty to forgery, a felony, and using a credit card without authority, a misdemeanor, as part of a plea agreement. In 2018, Corder took a check from his mother without permission and uttered it and also used a gas card for personal use without permission from his employer. Sentencing was set for June 13 at 9:30 a.m. and Corder remains free on bond.

• Christina Casada, 40, represented by G. Phil Davis, also reached a plea agreement Friday by pleading guilty to possession of methamphetamine with the intent to deliver, a felony. On April 23, 2018, Casada admitted she had meth with the intent to deliver it. The state will dismiss remaining accounts and not make a sentence recommendation. Sentencing was set for June 13, 2018 at 10 a.m. and Casada remains free on bond.