The following hearings were recently held in Pocahontas County Circuit Court before the Honorable Judges Robert E. Richardson and Jennifer P. Dent:
A pre-trial status hearing was held in the case the State vs Brent Prouse, 35, of Huntington, wherein defense counsel indicated that they are in the process of receiving a recording from the facility where Prouse was incarcerated and other discovery from the State. Counsel has talked briefly with the defendant about an agreement and asked that the matter be continued to the next term of court. A three-day jury trial is set for October 21, 2023. Prouse was indicted to one count, attempted possession of a controlled substance by an inmate, a felony; one count, offense committed by an inmate, a felony; one count, conspiracy to commit a felony, a felony.
David W. Mace, 38, appeared by video from Tygart Valley Regional Jail for a status hearing wherein defense counsel asked to sever counts and modify the defendant’s bond. The court granted the motion and set a motions hearing for September 20. Mace was indicted on three counts, strangulation; and two counts, wanton endangerment involving a firearm.
In arraignment hearings:
Jacob Bing, 39, of Marlinton pleaded not guilty to one count, grand larceny, a felony; two counts, burglary, a felony; one count, entry of a building other than a dwelling, a felony; one count, destruction of property, a misdemeanor; and one count, trespassing, a misdemeanor. The court set bond in the amount of $5,000, 10% cash/90% personal recognizance (PR) with the added condition of no contact with or near property of the victims.
John Stull pleaded not guilty to one count, person prohibited from possessing a firearm, a misdemeanor; one count, negligent shooting, a misdemeanor. The court followed the State’s recommendation and set bond in the amount of $1,500, 10% cash/90% PR. The State asked that the defendant surrender all the firearms in his possession. Defense counsel related that Stull has no firearms.
Roger Teter, 48, of Dunmore, pleaded not guilty to one count, petit larceny, a misdemeanor. He remains on previously posted bond. The State is to correct the name on the indictment to reflect Roger Warren Teter.