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Trial dates set in Upshur murder-for-hire cases

January 19, 2013
By John Wickline - Upshur Bureau Chief (jwickline@theintermountain.com.) , The Inter-Mountain

Two men who police allege are involved in a murder-for-hire plot will stand trial April 30 in Upshur County Circuit Court.

Jessie Lee Heater, 29, of HC 36, Buckhannon, and Robert Eugene Siron III, 30, of 139 Brookview Drive, Weston, are both being held without bond in separate regional jails. Both men are facing charges of murder and the concealment of a deceased human body, along with two counts of conspiracy.

Both men were arrested in July after authorities unearthed 29-year-old Joshua Oberg's body from a shallow grave along Bull Run Road in Upshur County. West Virginia State Police investigators have testified that they believe Rodolpho "Chino" Correa Villagomez paid Heater $5,000 to kill Oberg after Villagomez learned that Oberg had become romantically involved with Villagomez' wife. In a preliminary hearing in Upshur County Magistrate Court in August, Trooper Roy Moss testified that Siron claimed in a statement to investigators that Heater gave him $500 and told him to keep his mouth shut in the days following Oberg's death. Siron also claimed in his statement to police that Heater pointed a gun at Siron after Heater had allegedly shot and stabbed Oberg, warning Siron to keep quiet about the events of Jan. 23, 2012, according to the trooper's statement at the preliminary hearing.

The jury will be selected beginning at 9 a.m., April 30. Upshur County Prosecuting Attorney Jake Reger made the request that the two men be tried together. Judge Thomas Keadle, who is retiring at the end of January, agreed with the stipulation that the new judge appointed by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin may decide to have separate trials for the men.

Villagomez was not indicted by the grand jury. But the Buckhannon man is facing a six-count federal indictment on immigration-related charges. Reger said the local case remains under investigation, and that he decided to prosecute Heater and Siron first.

The Buckhannon man charged with leaving a threatening message with the Upshur County Board of Education will stand trial on April 17. Tony Vincent Herndon, 45, of Route 3, Box 249-D, is facing a charge of making threats of terrorist acts. The indictment states that on Jan. 3, 2013, Herndon left a recorded message indicating he wanted his right to be on school property reinstated, adding that if those rights were refused that the school "knows what happened in Newtown, Conn." He is being held at the Tygart Valley Regional Jail in lieu of $125,000 bond.

Jacob Quinton Powers, no age or address listed in the indictment records; Jacob Isaac Reed, no age or address listed in the indictment records; and Benjamin M. Williams, 18, of 21 Raleigh Heights, Buckhannon, will stand trial April 12 on burglary and grand larceny charges, along with two counts of conspiracy. All three men are free on a $15,000 bond, but were ordered to have no contact with each other while the proceedings are pending.

Fallon Sue Jones, 26, of 267 Fort Hill Drive, Rock Cave, will stand trial on April 16 on 14 counts each of forgery and uttering and 25 counts of the fraudulent use of an access device. She remains in custody in lieu of a $10,000 cash/surety and $20,000 personal recognizance bond.

Scott Isaac Freeman, 32, of 33 North Florida St., Buckhannon, will stand trial on April 24 on two counts of fraudulent schemes. He is free after posting a $3,000 cash/surety and $3,000 personal recognizance bond.

Marc Christopher Carson, 24, of 121 Meadowland Trailer Park No. 26, Buckhannon, will stand trial on April 18 on a charge of child abuse by a parent, guardian or custodian resulting in bodily injury. He remains in custody in lieu of a $40,000 cash/surety and $35,000 personal recognizance bond.

Joshua David Gibson, 24, of Route 4, Box 733, Buckhannon, will stand trial April 19 on a fraudulent schemes charge. He remains in custody in lieu of a $50,000 cash/surety and $1,200 personal recognizance bond.

Henry Paul Albright, 18, of 110 East Main St., Buckhannon, and Brantley Hamrick, no age or address listed in the indictment records, will stand trial together on April 25 on four counts of conspiracy and two counts each of burglary and grand larceny. Both were ordered to have no contact with each other while the case is proceeding. Albright is free on a $10,000 bond, while Keadle set bond for Hamrick at $5,000.

Kristin Leigh Trippett, 32, of 26C College Ave., Buckhannon, will stand trial on April 26 on a felony charge of shoplifting, third offense. She remains free on a $2,500 bond.

Camden Williams, no age or address listed in the indictment records, will stand trial on a grand larceny charge on April 26. Keadle set bond in the case at $5,000.

Mark Edward Peters, 38, of 785 Linger Run Road, Horner, will stand trial April 10 on two counts of driving under the influence of alcohol, third or subsequent offense. He is free on a $10,000 cash/surety and $10,000 personal recognizance bond. Part of the bond requirements is that he is not allowed to operate a motor vehicle while the charges are pending.

Martin Leroy Bennett-Bertelli, 27, of 10 Fourth St., Buckhannon, will stand trial April 11 on five counts of delivery of a controlled substance and a single count of conspiracy. He is free on a $10,000 cash/surety and $10,000 personal recognizance bond.

Joshua Alton Sandy, no age or address listed in the indictment records, was indicted on two counts of delivery of a controlled substance. His arraignment was continued until 1 p.m., Feb. 25 after the court learned that he is participating in a rehabilitation program in Pittsburgh.

Gregory Lake Norris, no age or address listed in the indictment records, will stand trial April 23 on two counts of delivery of a controlled substance. Keadle set bond at $2,500 cash/surety and $2,500 personal recognizance. Keadle appointed James Hawkins to represent Norris at future hearings.

James Ryan Riley, no age or address listed in the indictment records, will stand trial April 16 on four counts of delivery of a controlled substance and a single count of delivery of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school. Keadle set his bond at $5,000 and ordered him to have no contact with the state's witnesses.

Joyce A. Arbogast, no age or address listed in the indictment records, will stand trial April 17 on three counts of delivery of a controlled substance and a single count of conspiracy. Bond was set at $5,000, and Keadle appointed Russell Stobbs to serve as the defense attorney.

Richard Brian Smith Jr., no age or address listed in the indictment records, will stand trial April 18 on charges of conspiracy and delivery of a controlled substance. David Orndorff was appointed to serve as the defense attorney, and bond was set at $5,000.

Rickie Lee Riley, 46, of 2B Maple Village, Buckhannon, will stand trial on April 19 on a felony charge of grand larceny, along with misdemeanor charges of driving under the influence, second offense, and driving while having a license revoked. He remains in custody in lieu of a $50,000 cash/surety and $25,000 surety bond.

Terry Lynn Boone, no age or address listed in the indictment records, will stand trial April 9 on two counts of driving under the influence of alcohol, third or subsequent offense. He remains free on a $15,000 bond, but was ordered not to operate a motor vehicle while the case is pending.

Joni Lee Carder, 34, of 3492 Sinclair Road, Moatsville, will stand trial April 24 on felony charges of forgery and uttering, along with misdemeanor charges of driving while a license is suspended and giving false information to a trooper. She is free on a $7,500 cash/surety and $500 personal recognizance bond.

Joshua Paul Malcolm, no age or address listed in the indictment records, will stand trial on April 25 on felony charges of forgery and uttering and a misdemeanor charge of driving while having a suspended license. He is free on a $2,500 cash/surety and $2,500 personal recognizance bond.

William John Smith Jr., 35, of 500 13th St., Apartment 35, Parkersburg, will stand trial April 11 on a felony charge of driving under the influence of alcohol, third or subsequent offense, and a misdemeanor charge of driving while having a revoked license. He is free on a $25,000 bond, but was ordered not to operate a motor vehicle while the case proceeds.

Christopher Lee Capehart, 20, of 1210 Nutter St., Clarksburg, and Timothy Wayne Jeffress, 29, of 1348 Philippi Pike, Clarksburg, will both stand trial on April 24 on two counts each of conspiracy and grand larceny. Capehart is free on a $35,000 bond, while Jeffress remains in custody in lieu of a $35,000 bond.

Jason Michael Hamrick, 36, of Room 316, Buckhannon Manor, Buckhannon, will stand trial April 26 on three counts of delivery of a controlled substance.

He is free on a $20,000 bond.

 
 

 

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