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Accomplice in cabbie attack gets 4 years

Published 9:38am Thursday, August 13, 2009

The last of three people accused in connection with the attack on a West Virginia taxi driver late last year pleaded guilty to her part in the crime Wednesday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.

Brandy D. Davis, 21, of 7965 County Road 107, Proctorville, admitted to Judge Charles Cooper she “aided and abetted” William Hale in his scheme to attack Walter “Corky” Asbury in an attempt to get money. Assistant Lawrence County Prosecutor Jeff Smith said Davis helped plan the attack and then helped discard evidence afterward.

“I’m sorry I wasted everyone’s time,” Davis told Cooper. “I made some mistakes.”

Cooper sentenced Davis to four years in prison.

Last week another cohort, Christopher Colburn, pleaded guilty to the same charges as Davis and was also sentenced to four years in prison.

Hale pleaded guilty in March and was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Asbury, of Huntington, was stabbed in the neck and robbed in his taxicab at an Exxon gasoline station on County Road 107 in Proctorville in the early morning hours of Dec. 3.

Hale was arrested days later after local authorities got a call from someone who had seen footage of the taxi’s video surveillance tape and identified Hale as the perpetrator.

Meanwhile the trial of an Ironton area man accused of shooting his neighbor is being postponed.

Warren Morford, attorney for Floyd McCann, said the bullet that was lodged in the victim at the time of the shooting has been removed, thus creating new evidence that was not available until now.

McCann, 50, of 38 Township Road 203, was to have gone on trial Aug. 24 in connection with the shooting of Mark Robinson.

“The bullet has been sent to ballistics and we hope to have the report back next week,” Morford told Cooper.

“The receipt of the ballistics test is too short a notice for the state or the defense to react to it,” Assistant Lawrence County Prosecutor Bob Anderson agreed.

McCann also waived his right to a speedy trial to allow for the results of the ballistics testing.

Robinson was shot outside his home in January.

He told authorities he had heard a noise and went outside to see what it was.

He was struck once in the upper back. McCann was arrested at his nearby home a short time later.

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