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Several crime suspects in Brooke Co. court

Updated: Tuesday, November 12 2013, 04:58 PM EST

By: NEWS9 and Jennifer Black
BROOKE COUNTY, W.Va. --

Charges ranging from murder to embezzlement and robbery were detailed in numerous Brooke County arraignments Tuesday morning.

A grand jury handed down indictments last week, and Tuesday, many of those suspects were arraigned in a packed courtroom, sitting shoulder to shoulder to learn when they'll be back in court.

Adam Barnhart pleaded not guilty to his murder charge stemming from a fatal shooting in Weirton. The state and defense have already started working on their discovery materials, and the judge asked that they move swiftly due to the "seriousness of the crime."

Shelly Lough also pleaded not guilty to two counts of embezzlement and falsifying accounts for her alleged role in stealing from Bethany College.

The Brooke County Circuit Court judge set several deadlines in the cases. By Nov. 19, the defense must file any motions for discovery or motions to dismiss. The state has until Nov. 26. All of the cases will go before a judge for pretrial conferences on Dec. 16.

Brian Peterson, who was previously indicted by a separate grand jury, was also in court Tuesday for a status hearing on charges that he sexually assaulted and abused a child.

Peterson, of Follansbee, was indicted in June on at least eight counts of sex crimes against an 8-year-old child.

The state is still waiting for the defense to provide the results of a psychological evaluation to determine if Peterson is competent to stand trial, Brooke County Prosecutor Joe Barki said.

Peterson's next pretrial conference is scheduled for Dec. 13.

Also on Tuesday, Josh Webster, of Wellsburg, appeared before a judge on accusations he cut copper lines on Oct. 10.

The incident left hundreds in Brooke County without phone and Internet service for a short time.

Webster is charged with grand larceny in addition to receiving and transporting. He is scheduled to be back in court on Friday for his arraignment.

Stay with NEWS9 and WTOV9.com for continuing coverage.

Several crime suspects in Brooke Co. court


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