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Wheeling Attorney Accused of Conspiring to Intimidate a Witness Posts $1 Million Bond

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UPDATE

Wheeling attorney Paul Harris and the state reached an agreement after both parties concluded that Harris violated his bond, according to Harrison County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Tracy Cook.

Harris' $50,000 bond was revoked, Cook said, but both sides agreed that he would be readmitted to $1 million bond.

Cook said $500,000 of that bond is to be posted as 10 percent cash to the court, and the other $500,000 is to be posted as a surety bond.

In accordance with normal terms and conditions, Harris is not to contact or attempt to contact C.J. Wilson and his family, Cook said.

Harris is on home confinement.

ORIGINAL STORY

A Harrison County judge has modified conditions of a Wheeling attorney's bond who is accused of conspiracy to commit threats in official and political matters, conspiracy to commit intimidation of a witness, obstruction of an officer, and conspiracy to obstruct an officer.

Paul Harris was hired to represent former Shinnston Police Officer Kevin Junkins, who was arrested in 2011 on charges of possession, burglary, and embezzlement.

The state called three witnesses who testified that Harris attempted to hire a former client, Adam Parsons, and an exotic dancer, Amanda Towns, to befriend C.J. Wilson in an attempt to record him admitting that he was lying about allegations he made against Harris. Parsons said he was uneasy of this plan and contacted the prosecuting attorney's office.

The Harrison County Sheriff's Department began an investigation and provided Parsons with a recording device to record conversations between him and Harris. The defense argued that the recordings indicated Harris told Parsons that he didn't want anything illegal to occur. The prosecution argued that Harris violated his bond by attempting to contact Wilson, a witness in the case. Parsons testified that he was instructed by Harris to buy two TracFones and not to keep the receipts. He was told to keep one for himself and to give one to Towns. Parsons said Harris told him to lease an apartment, where Harris would install an audio recording device and Towns and Parsons could lure Wilson there.

The defense didn't call any witnesses to the stand.

Judge Marks adjourned the hearing to listen to the audio recordings in their entirety. Judge Marks ordered the conditions of Harris' bond to be modified to allow the Ohio County Sheriff's Department to monitor him as part of his home confinement.