(12/08/2006)
Accused murderer Ronnie Rush returned to Calhoun Circuit Court yesterday, appearing before Judge Thomas Evans III, to begin the process of getting a new trial.

The West Virginia Supreme Court overturned the case against Rush, related to the 2003 shooting deaths of 69-year-old Warden Groves and 60-year-old Mary Hicks.

Prosecuting Attorney Matt Minney said the hearing was to plan scheduling for the new trial.

A pre-trial hearing is set for January 3, 2007.

Rush is being moved from the WV Department of Corrections custody to Central Regional Jail.

The issue of bond will likely surface during the January hearing.

Rush has been incarcerated since his trial in December, 2004, when he was sentenced to consecutive terms totaling 45 years.

Minney said "The state intends to go forward with a re-trial."

Judge Evans revoked the bond of Roane County resident Greg Springston, he was placed in Central Regional Jail. Springston is charged in the vehicular death of a Roane man which occurred at Letherbark in February 2005.

Springston, on more than one occasion, has violated terms agreed upon by the court, more recently being arrested DUI in Braxton County.

Steven Beecher was sentenced in a a drug case yesterday, after pleading guilty. A jail sentence was suspended, he was given three years probation, and is required to perform community service and litter control. Beecher was represented by attorney Kevin Postalwait.

After rejecting earlier plea bargains, Danny Minigh is scheduled for a new trial on February 7, 2007. Charges against Minigh are linked to a meth lab that ended up being located on Hog Knob Hill near Grantsville. Minigh was represented by public defender Rocky Holmes.

The sentencing of Christina Blake related to welfare fraud was continued to January. She was represented by Rocky Holmes.

A pre-trial hearing was scheduled for Cecil Pomeroy, related to marijuana charges following a raid near the Calhoun-Braxton line. He was represented by Rocky Holmes.

The case of State vs. Randy Crabtree has been continued. Crabtree has appealed decisions rendered against him in magistrate court, contending the traffic citations he received are violations of constitutional law. Crabtree represented himself.


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