Man Accused in Morgantown Fatal Stabbing Waives Preliminary Hearing
A man accused of killing a West Virginia University freshman waived his right to a preliminary hearing in Monongalia County court Monday.
Morgantown Police charged Robert Hernandez, 33, of Cumberland, Maryland, with first degree murder in the August 14 stabbing death of Devonte Waites, 19, of Fairmont. Hernandez is accused of stabbing Waites inside of Bent Willey's bar on Chestnut Street shortly before 1 a.m., said police. When officers arrived, they found Waites had been stabbed in the abdomen. Officers began giving Waites first aid and he was transported to Ruby Memorial Hospital. He was pronounced dead as a result of the stab wound. Hernandez's case will be presented to the grand jury. He is being held in North Central Regional Jail.
The West Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control Administration temporarily suspended Bent Willey's alcohol license for ten days, pending an investigation into the incident. The license was reinstated Sunday, August 24 and Bent Willey's was not found to have violated any regulations, said an official with the ABCA.