Trial date set for Cooper murder case

Published 12:00 am Sunday, August 14, 2005

An Upper Township man arrested in connection with a double shooting last month will stand trial Sept. 26.

William Cooper is charged with murder and felonious assault. He was arrested arrested July 2 and accused of shooting and killing Scott Marcum of Ironton and shooting and injuring Orlan "J.R." Harper Jr., also of Ironton.

The trial date was set Wednesday during a pretrial conference in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.

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In other action Wednesday, the attorney for an Ironton paralegal who is in prison on theft charges asked Lawrence County Common Pleas Judge Frank McCown to set aside a fine against his client.

William Walker, 47, formerly of 506 S. Sixth St., pleaded guilty in December 2002 of two counts of grand theft and one count of aggravated theft.

He was accused of taking more than $100,000 from the estate of the late Mary Marting and money from office accounts of attorney David Reid Dillon, for whom he worked at that time.

His attorney, John Wolfe, said in addition to prison time, part of Walker's sentence was a fine of $106,322.

But after his sentencing, Wolfe said Walker reached an agreement with the Marting family in a civil suit and agreed to make restitution to his victims. He argued that both the fine and a civil judgment doubly penalize his client for the same crimes.

"I feel the judgment should be vacated," Wolfe said. "If this entry is allowed to stand it will more than double recovery."

Also Wednesday, a Huntington, W.Va., woman will go to jail for 60 days after she pleaded guilty to violating the terms of her community controlled sanctions.

Jessica Orlando, 21, was sentenced to four years community controlled sanctions and ordered to undergo drug rehabilitation after she pleaded guilty in April to 13 counts of fourth-degree felony theft of drugs.

She was accused of taking more than 20,000 Lortab and Vicodin pills from the pharmacy where she worked between May 1, 2003 and June 22, 2004.

Assistant Lawrence County Prosecutor Mack Anderson said Orlando violated her sanctions on those charges by failing to complete the required drug treatment program.

McCown also ordered Orlando to pay $17,500 in restitution to her victim.