Defendants arraigned in Circuit Court

TAYLOR COUNTY— Taylor County Circuit Court was a busy place Thursday, as 19th Judicial Circuit Court Judge Alan D. Moats heard nearly 25 cases during the day.

Of those cases, he arraigned multiple people on charges, entering not guilty pleas on behalf of each of the defendants, allowing 30 days for their council to receive discovery from the State of West Virginia and to file motions in their cases.

Those arraigned on Thursday included Dylan L. Peters, 26, of Grafton, who was present with his lawyer Raymond Yackel. Peters has been charged one count of fleeing in a vehicle from law enforcement showing reckless indifference for the safety of others, as well as one count of first offense driving while in an impaired condition.

Other arraignments included:

Tyler Ray Gorrell, 30, of Grafton, for one count of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.

Donald Gene Parks, 44, of Grafton, on one count of driving while licensed suspended or revoked for DUI, third offense, one count of driving under the influence of a controlled substance, second offense, and one count of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver—methamphetamine.

Brandon S. Hays, 28, who had been indicted on one count of strangulation and one count of domestic battery by the Taylor County Grand Jury.

Hays’ lawyer Tyler Reseter also addressed a reduction in bond, but the motion was not granted due to the lack of a home plan if the defendant is released from prison.

Jason Lee Cain, 32, of Grafton, was arraigned on one count of malicious assault, one count of burglary and two counts of destruction of property.

Timothy A. Trott, 44, of Grafton, who is being charged with four counts of wanton endangerment involving a firearm, faced arraignment.

Briston Edward Skidmore, 33, of Grafton was charged with two counts of forgery of a public document, two counts of forgery and four counts of uttering. The defendant was arraigned on a direct indictment.

Skidmore revealed to the court that he has been living in a sober living home in Morgantown and asked that his bond be reduced so that he could continue staying there. The motion was accepted.

Additionally, Heather A. Adkins, 32, of Cross Lanes, was arraigned on conspiracy to commit a felony, after allegedly trying to transport methamphetamine onto the grounds of Pruntytown Correctional Center, and Keith R. Maley, 28, Grafton, faced arraignment on six counts of fraudulent use of an access device.

All of the arraignments were set for trial and jury selection to begin at 9:00 a.m. on January 27, 2020.


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