Stabbing suspect has case in W.Va.

Published 11:05 am Tuesday, December 16, 2008

The man authorities say was involved in the robbery and stabbing of a Huntington, W.Va., cab driver in Proctorville will have to face probation violations in West Virginia before he can be extradited to Lawrence County.

William Hale, 24, of Spring Branch Road, Huntington, was arrested at an apartment in Huntington Tuesday by Lawrence County sheriff’s detectives, with assistance from West Virginia State Police and Huntington city police. He was then taken to the Western Regional Jail under a fugitive from justice warrant, where he remains.

In the early morning hours of Dec. 3, Walter “Corky” Asbury of Huntington, was stabbed in the neck and robbed of an undisclosed amount of money as he was in the taxicab he drove. Asbury had stopped at an Exxon gasoline station on County Road 107 in Proctorville at the time of the attack.

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After a surveillance video of the attack was distributed to the media the sheriff’s office received information identifying the alleged attacker as William Hale.

Also arrested in connection with the incident were Christopher D. Colburn, 24 and Brandy D. Davis, 20, both of 7965 County Road 107, Lot 13, B Proctorville. They were charged with complicity to aggravated robbery and tampering with evidence. The pair is currently lodged in Lawrence County Jail, each under $100,000 bond.

They will appear before Lawrence County Municipal Court Judge Donald Capper on Friday for a preliminary hearing.