The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

November 6, 2013

Guilty pleas entered in Raleigh court

By Wendy Holdren
Register-Herald Reporter

— Two Raleigh County men entered not guilty pleas during arraignment Tuesday in Raleigh County Circuit Court before Judge H.L. Kirkpatrick.

Gary Wayne Richmond, 63, of New River Road, pleaded not guilty to the attempted first-degree murder of State Police Cpl. J.D. Cooper, wanton endangerment and obstructing an officer.

A motion for bond reduction was made Sept. 24, but Judge John A. Hutchison ordered a psychiatric evaluation before he would make a ruling. Richmond is believed to have early onset dementia, authorities have said.

Raleigh County Prosecuting Attorney Kristen Keller noted Tuesday that the psychiatric evaluation has not yet been completed, so she suggested bond remain at $500,000; Kirkpatrick agreed.

Richmond’s charges stem from an incident in June when Cooper responded to a complaint of a man shooting in the New River Road area near Hinton.

According to police reports, Cooper knocked on the front door and when Richmond opened the door, he was holding a revolver. Cooper ordered Richmond to put down the weapon, but Richmond fired and narrowly missed him.

Richmond retreated into his residence for a moment, then came back out and attempted to shoot Cooper, police reported, but Cooper returned fire and shot Richmond, who went back inside and collapsed on the floor.

He was flown to Charleston Area Medical Center for treatment for a gunshot wound to his chest/abdomen area. Cooper did not receive any serious injuries.

Richmond’s case will be continued to the January 2014 court term.

Dennis D. Lilly, 30, of Eccles, pleaded not guilty to 29 counts of breaking and entering at mobile homes and camper trailers around Lake Stephens and one count of conspiracy.

He is being held on home confinement until his trial date in January.

Lilly’s attorney, Matthew Bradford, made a motion to withdraw counsel, as he said he is currently representing one of the victims of the breaking and entering charges in another case.

He also noted that he is representing Lilly in an unrelated matter before Judge Hutchison.

Keller suggested that Bradford withdraw as counsel for Lilly in both cases, so Lilly will only have one attorney instead of two.

The case before Hutchison was already scheduled for January, so Kirkpatrick said he would let Hutchison address that issue, but Kirkpatrick did grant the motion for Bradford to withdraw counsel for the breaking and entering case.