(10/24/2007)
The case against former chief deputy Ron Bandy is supposed to commence on November 13th in Calhoun, although Special Prosecutor Jerry Hough is apparently revisiting a diversion, which would essentially mean the case would be put on hold and if no further issues surface, the case would not be brought forward.

Bandy was indicted on eight counts by a Calhoun grand jury following an investigation by the West Virginia State Police: one count of grand larceny, three counts of burglary, three counts of conspiracy, all felonies, and one misdemeanor count for destruction of property.

Hough brought the diversion mechanism before the court earlier, with rejection by Judge Evans. Evans is reportedly considering the issue again.

The re-trial of Ronnie Rush for the murders of a Calhoun couple in 2003, will commence in Jackson County on November 6th. The Supreme Court ordered the retrial because of a laundry list of problems created by the West Virginia State Police during their investigation.

Other cases before Judge Evans on Monday:

- Jimmy Keener, two counts of sexual assault in 3rd degree, sentenced to state prison 1-5 years on each count, consecutive, $10,000 fine.

- Bernard Smith, sent for psychological evaluation related to failure to report as sex offender.

- Sara Beecher, drug charges, motion for plea was denied, pretrial set for January.

- Jennifer Jones, drug charges, case continued to January.

- Amber Wilson, plead not guilty to solicitation of minor by computer.


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