The Marion County grand jury released a list of indictments for the February 2019 term of court.
Among the people indicted are six men facing murder charges in two different incidents.
James Vincent, of Fairmont, Russell Kirk, of Fairmont, David Uphold, of Rivesville, Vernon Carpenter, of Morgantown and Charles Carpenter, of Shinnston are each charged with first degree murder, conspiracy and malicious assault. All five men are accused in the shooting death of Luka Grabb in September 2018.
Austin Mays is charged with first degree murder. He is accused of shooting Dustin Myers multiple times in the head in May 2018.
At his arraignment on February 13, Mays pleaded not guilty. A judge set his trial for April.
Steven Tate, 43, of Fairmont, and Stephanie Ferrell, 37, of Fairmont each face charges of delivery of a controlled substance resulting in death and conspiracy. Tate and Ferrell are accused of delivering marijuana laced with methamphetamine to William Walls, Jr., who died after using the substances. Walls died in March 2018, according to court documents.
On February 13, Tate pleaded not guilty at his arraignment. A judge set his trial for March, and Tate’s bail was reduced from $100,000 to $50,000.
At Ferrell’s arraignment, she also pleaded not guilty. Ferrell’s original bail was set at $100,000, but the prosecution moved to reduce this to $50,000, which is in line with the reduction given to her co-defendant, Tate. A judge set Ferrell’s trial for March.
Matthew Turner, of Tunnelton, is charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, controlled substances or drugs resulting in death, leaving the scene of a crash involving death and driving under the influence. He is accused of running from an accident in Marion County that killed two passengers in his truck. Joshua Winters and Ricky Nelson, Jr. were both killed in that incident, while a third passenger was injured, according to the Marion County Sheriff’s Department.
Turner was expected to be arraigned on February 13, but his court appearance was continued after a mix up related to the jail in which he was being held.
Ryan Yost, of Farmington, is charged with third degree sexual abuse, third degree sexual assault and sexual abuse by a parent, guardian, custodian or person in a position of trust to a child. He is accused of sexually abusing a 15-year-old girl in Monongah. The girl said Yost abused her more than 20 times, according to West Virginia State Police.
Yost was in court on February 13 for his arraignment, where he pleaded not guilty. A judge set Yost’s trial for May 1. He is currently out of jail on bond.
Branden Priddy, 27, of Judsonia, Arkansas, is charged with attempted first degree murder and strangulation. He is accused of strangling a woman in the parking lot of the Fairmont Police Department in October 2018. Priddy took the woman to the ground and strangled her to unconsciousness before an officer arrived on scene, according to court documents.
Priddy was arraigned on February 13, at which time he pleaded not guilty. A judge set his bail at $100,000 and set his trial for April.
James Moore Jr., 41, of Fairmont, is charged with first degree robbery and conspiracy, while Anthony Kriner, 40, of North Carolina, is charged with armed robbery, nighttime burglary and conspiracy. They are accused of working together in a robbery in August 2018. Moore drove Kriner to a house on Walnut Avenue in Fairmont to commit the crimes, according to court documents. While at the house, Moore waited in the vehicle while Kriner committed a burglary and robbery, according to Fairmont Police.
Once inside the house, Kriner demanded money from the homeowner, which he did not receive, before he pointed a gun at the man, threatened him and then left, according to court documents. After leaving the house, Kriner saw another man standing on the porch. Kriner grabbed a cell phone out of the man’s hands, and after the man followed Kriner, Kriner pointed the gun at the man and demanded that he give Kriner his watch, according to court documents.
After stealing the phone and watch, Kriner got into the vehicle Moore was driving and left the area, according to court documents.
John Tucker II is charged with third degree sexual assault. He is accused of having sex with a 13-year-old girl. In June 2017, Tucker had sex with the girl, which the girl wrote about in her diary, according to a criminal complaint. Investigators also found DNA evidence to support the account, according to the Marion County Sheriff’s Department.
Daniel Davis is charged with first degree sexual abuse and sexual abuse by a parent, guardian, custodian or person in a position of trust to a child. He is accused of touching a 13-year-old girl against her will. In April 2017, Davis forced his hand down the girl’s pants while she was at his home, according to a criminal complaint. During an interview at the Marion County Child Advocacy Center, the girl said Davis had asked her to get something out of his bedroom. When the girl went into the bedroom, Davis followed her, pushed her onto the bed and forced his hand down her pants, according to a criminal complaint.
You can read a list of indictments below.