Trial dates set for trio in Huntington cabbie attack

Published 10:37 am Thursday, May 7, 2009

Trial dates have been set for three people arrested in the attack on a Huntington, W.Va., cab driver in early December and left on a gasoline station parking lot in Rome Township.

William Hale, 24, of Wayne County, will stand trial June 22-23 in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court. That date was set during a pretrial conference Wednesday before Judge Charles Cooper.

Hale is charged with aggravated robbery, felonious assault, tampering with evidence and theft.

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Two alleged accomplices, Christopher Colburn, 24, of 284 Private Drive 1285, Chesapeake, and Brandy Davis, 20, of 7965 County Road 107, Proctorville, will stand trial together Aug. 17-18, also before Cooper.

They are each charged with complicity to aggravated robbery and complicity to tampering with evidence.

Colburn and Davis are free on bond; Hale remains in the Lawrence County Jail.

In another matter, a man who attacked a co-worker with a crowbar pleaded guilty to the felonious assault charge against him Wednesday.

Paul Sizemore, 50, of 31 Township Road 1377, South Point, was sentenced to five years community control sanctions under intensive supervised probation (CCS/ISP).

Judge D. Scott Bowling also ordered Sizemore to serve 90 days electronically monitored home confinement. Bowling told Sizemore to have no further contact with his victim, ever. Sizemore must also continue with anger management.

Sizemore’s victim attended Wednesday’s court proceeding and told Bowling he fears for his safety and that of his family.

“I don’t want him to get away with just a slap on the wrist,” Derek Nease said. “… I feel like he was trying to stick it in my leg. If not for another builder that was there this could have been worse.”

Sizemore told Bowling he is trying to get his life straightened out and was trying to “get back on” his medication.