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Fatal shooting suspect, accused embezzler among those in court

Updated: Monday, December 16 2013, 03:22 PM EST

By: Jennifer Black

Several people indicted by the Brooke County grand jury in November appeared in court for their pre-trial hearings on Monday.

In November, Shelly Lough pleaded not guilty to two counts of embezzlement and falsifying accounts. Lough is accused of stealing $500,000 from Bethany College between July 2011 and May 2013.

Since last seeing Lough in court, several boxes of discovery have been filed in the embezzlement case. According to Brooke County Prosecutor Joe Barki, the discovery includes financial statements from Bethany College and other banking documents. It also includes admissions Lough made to police and college employees prior to her indictment.

According to the criminal complaint, Lough stated that she was extorted by two individuals who had in their possession photos and text messages that were sexually explicit in nature, and threatened to provide the texts and photos to Lough's husband if she did not pay their cash demands.

Monday morning, Barki shed some light on the future of the case.

"The investigation is ongoing as to other individuals that may be involved in this case, but the investigation has not concluded and there is a possibility that additional charges will be filed," Barki said.

Lough is due back in court on Jan 3. Barki said that it is possible that Lough will make a plea at that time and he expects to have a plea agreement drawn up in the next several days.

Meanwhile, Adam Barnhart also appeared for a pre-trial hearing on Monday. Barnhart is accused of fatally shooting 35-year-old Frank Tulock in Weirton in early September.

On Monday, a judge set a suppression hearing for Feb. 18. During that hearing, the court is expected to determine if a six- to eight-page statement from Barnhart to police on the night of the incident will be used in trial.

Barnhart's trial date has been set for May 19. Barki said he expects the trial to last at least three days.

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Fatal shooting suspect, accused embezzler among those in court

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