Murder trial rescheduled

Published 11:02 am Thursday, July 30, 2015

A murder trial that was to take place in August has been rescheduled to the end of October.

Justin Wilson, 25, of 223 Township Road 1186 Apt. 43, South Point, who is charged with aggravated murder and tampering with evidence, is set to go to trial beginning Oct. 28. The trial is expected to last until Nov. 6.

Warren Morford, Wilson’s attorney, asked for the continuance due to the “voluminous” evidence he must research and more time need by his private detective.

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Wilson is accused of shooting and killing 30-year-old Justin Adams on Jan. 13.

Aggravated murder carries a maximum sentence of life without parole, while the lesser murder charge with a gun specification would carry a maximum of life in prison with the possibility of parole after 18 years.

In other cases on Wednesday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court:

• Charles Damron, 70, of 4428 West River Road, Huntington, pleaded guilty to a second-degree count of burglary. Judge Charles Cooper sentenced the man to five years in prison.

• Michelle Crank, 31, of 2163 County Road 22, Ironton, pleaded guilty to a third-degree count of illegal conveyance of a drug into a jail facility (Suboxone). Cooper sentenced the woman to three years in prison with a possible judicial release to STAR after one year.

• Mark Bensinger, 56, of 1923 S. Second St., Ironton, was arraigned on a bill of information of a fifth-degree and a misdemeanor count of theft. Cooper set bond at $50,000 own-recognizance and set a pretrial for Aug. 12.

• Keion Looney, 29, of 260 Cedardale St., Pontiac, Michigan, was arraigned on a count of failure to appear. Bond was set at $100,000 cash or surety plus OR. A pretrial was set for Aug. 12.

• Crystal Spears, 30, of 3349 Route 75 Lot 30, Huntington, admitted community control sanctions violations. Judge D. Scott Bowling sentenced the woman to one year in prison.

• Jacalyn Mason, 32, of 543 Township Road 1379, Chesapeake, pleaded guilty to a third-degree count of theft from the elderly. Bowling sentenced the woman to four years CCS under intensive supervised probation, inpatient drug treatment, 200 hours community service and restitution in the amount of $12,229.

• Jamie Blevins, 31, of 2733 S. Seventh St., Ironton, was arraigned on a fifth-degree count of misuse of a credit card, to which he pleaded not guilty. Bowling set bond at $10,000 OR. A pretrial was set for Aug. 19.

• Tanganika Bunch, 27, of Charleston, West Virginia, pleaded guilty to a count of identity theft. Bowling sentenced the woman to three years CCS.

• James Ison Jr., 36, of 1388 County Road 4, Pedro, pleaded guilty to a fifth-degree count of theft. Bowling sentenced him to four years CCS/ISP, 200 hours community service and $1,970 in restitution.

• Cane Jackson, 41, of 3194 Bunts Ave., Lakewood, was sentenced to four years CCS/ISP, six months GPS home confinement, a six-month driver’s suspension and $5,000 in fines. He previously pleaded guilty to two fourth-degree counts of trafficking in heroin.

• Amanda Clark, 35, of 1311 S. Seventh St., Ironton, admitted CCS violations and was sentenced to three months in prison.