The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Local News

June 7, 2013

Greenbrier County

Former chief public defender among 50 indicted

LEWISBURG — The former chief public defender of the 11th Judicial Circuit was among the 50 people indicted by a Greenbrier County Grand Jury this week.

Denney William Bostic is accused of embezzling an unspecified amount of funds “placed under his care or management by virtue of his office,” according to an indictment. He is charged with making personal use of a credit card issued to him as chief public defender between March 5, 2010, and Aug. 5, 2011.

Although the exact amount of funds Bostic allegedly embezzled is not set forth in the indictment, the document does note it is in excess of $1,000, making the charge a felony.

Bostic voluntarily surrendered his West Virginia law license in October 2011 after leaving the Public Defender’s office. As the supporting affidavit for his disbarment remains under seal, it is not clear if the embezzlement alleged in Tuesday’s indictment figured into Bostic’s consent to relinquish his law license.

Monroe County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Kristin R. Cook presented the case to the Greenbrier Grand Jury.

Cook also presented an extortion case Tuesday against Norma Brown Griffin. The resulting indictment accuses Griffin of extorting a 101-acre parcel of land from Jack Ellison Griffin by threatening to accuse him of displaying sexual material to a minor.

The remaining cases resulting in indictments were presented to the grand jury by Greenbrier County Prosecuting Attorney Patrick Via.

One of three arson cases Via presented also resulted in a first degree murder charge against Harvey Lee Davis, 35, of Quinwood. Davis is charged with setting a fire that engulfed a portion of a Leslie home that was the residence of Dennis McKay Williams, who perished in the April 9 blaze.

Adkins, Owen Otis II, 30, Marfrance; conspiracy to operate or attempt to operate a clandestine drug laboratory; conspiracy to manufacture a controlled substance - methamphetamine; exposure of children to methamphetamine manufacturing, 2 counts

Allen, Arthur, 32, Alderson; arson first degree; conspiracy to commit arson first degree

Ayers, Lisa Carol, 45, Charmco; embezzlement, 2 counts

Bennett, David Lee, 22, Rupert; forgery, 3 counts; uttering, 3 counts

Bennett, Matthew Scott, 30, Rainelle; operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug laboratory, 2 counts; manufacturing a controlled substance - methamphetamine; conspiracy to operate or attempt to operate a clandestine drug laboratory; conspiracy to manufacture a controlled substance - methamphetamine; exposure of children to methamphetamine manufacturing, 2 counts

Blankenship, Cephas Anthony, 39, Ronceverte; fleeing from an officer while driving under the influence of a controlled substance

Brigman, Matthew Shean, 29, Alderson; delivery of a controlled substance - oxycodone

Brown, Joyce Ann, 41, Renick; acquire or obtain possession of a controlled substance by misrepresentation, fraud, forgery, deception or subterfuge, 2 counts

Byers, Susan Ann, 40, White Sulphur Springs; burglary

Case, Christopher Charles, 24, Williamsburg; forgery, 3 counts; uttering, 3 counts

Collins, Charles Byron, 33, Alderson; arson first degree; conspiracy to commit arson first degree

Conner, Robert Vincent, 58, White Sulphur Springs; sexual abuse in the first degree

Cooper, Elva, 53, Rupert; delivery of a controlled substance - roxicodone, 2 counts

Cooper, Jessica Jo, 27, Quinwood; conspiracy to operate or attempt to operate a clandestine drug laboratory; conspiracy to manufacture a controlled substance - methamphetamine; exposure of children to methamphetamine manufacturing, 2 counts; child neglect creating substantial risk of serious bodily injury or death, 2 counts

Davis, Harvey Lee, 35, Quinwood; arson first degree; murder first degree

Dowdy, Timothy Wayne, 29, Renick; breaking and entering; petit larceny,

Fleshman, Jason M., 29, Frankford; arson in the second degree

Grant, Justin Denver, 33, Alderson; delivery of a controlled substance - marijuana

Harris, Richard Andrew, 48, White Sulphur Springs; destruction of property; violation of a protective order; domestic assault; assault

Haynes, Randolph H., Gap Mills; 64, grand larceny

Hightower, Kevin A., 25, Frankford; uttering

Hightower, Kevin A., 25, Frankford; burglary; petit larceny

Hightower, Kevin A., 25, Frankford; burglary; grand larceny

Holliday, Christopher Eric, 23, Renick; driving while license revoked for driving under the influence of alcohol - third or subsequent offense

Jarrell, Ryan, 18, White Sulphur Springs; forgery; uttering

Jones, Jessica Amelia, 27, Rainelle; robbery in the first degree; conspiracy to commit robbery in the first degree

Keen, Felicia A., 43, Ronceverte; driving under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance - third or subsequent offense

Kelly, Sean David, 25, Fairlea; child abuse resulting in bodily injury

King, Gerald Tyrone, 43, White Sulphur Springs; delivery of a controlled substance - morphine; delivery of a controlled substance - heroin, 2 counts

Malcomb, James Allen, 39, Rupert; conspiracy to operate or attempt to operate a clandestine drug laboratory; conspiracy to manufacture a controlled substance - methamphetamine; exposure of children to methamphetamine manufacturing, 2 counts; child neglect creating substantial risk of serious bodily injury or death, 2 counts

Mann, Robert Eugene, 25, Renick; delivery of a controlled substance - cocaine, 2 counts

Martin, Kevin Eugene, 27, Ronceverte; prohibited person in possession of a firearm

McClung, Coleman Andrew, 27, Williamsburg; reckless fleeing

Moore, Jackie Lee, 41, Buckeye; possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance - oxycodone

Morgan, Joseph E., 26, Lewisburg; possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance - oxymorphone; possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance - oxycodone

Palmer, George Stacy III, 63, Lewisburg; wanton endangerment involving a firearm; domestic assault

Patterson, Terry Wayne Jr., 21, Rainelle; robbery in the first degree

Patterson, Terry Wayne Jr., 21, Rainelle; robbery in the first degree; conspiracy to commit robbery in the first degree

Phipps, Larry Ugene,, 48, Charmco; burglary; grand larceny

Ramirez-Figueroa, Ismael Luis, 26, Rupert; robbery in the first degree; conspiracy to commit robbery in the first degree

Sheppard, Brodey, 19, Lewisburg; driving under the influence of controlled substances causing death, 2 counts

Sheppard, Brodey, 19, White Sulphur Springs; forgery; uttering

Sheppard, Brodey, 19, White Sulphur Springs; grand larceny

Smith, Carolyn Sue, 57, Rupert; delivery of a controlled substance - oxymorphone; delivery of a controlled substance - alprazolam; delivery of a controlled substance - oxycodone; possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance - oxymorphone; possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance - oxycodone

Smith, Joshua Adam, 31, Lewisburg; driving under the influence of alcohol and/or a controlled substance - first offense; driving while license revoked for driving under the influence of alcohol - third or subsequent offense; fleeing from an officer while driving under the influence of alcohol and/or a controlled substance

Thompson, Erin Jane, 26, Alderson; destruction of property; battery, misdemeanor

Trainer, Melvin Earl, 45, White Sulphur Springs; domestic battery - third offense, 3 counts

Vestal, David William Jr., 38, Rainelle; burglary; domestic battery; battery

Viney, Nicole Eufaye, 34, Lewisburg; welfare fraud

Vinson, Michael Lynn, 40, Gap Mills; fraudulent schemes

White, Brandon Vaughan, 24, Lewisburg; possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance - oxymorphone

White, Jason Scott, 32, Renick; welfare fraud;

Yates, Debra Lynn, 32, Lewisburg; fleeing from an officer while driving under the influence of alcohol.

 

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