Court continues motions in concealment case

PARKERSBURG – Motions in the case of a defendant indicted in connection with the body left at a car wash in Parkersburg were continued Tuesday to give the other defendants a chance to be present.

Victor Lee Thompson, 35, in custody at the North Central Regional Jail, appeared before Circuit Court Judge Robert Waters for motions to dismiss and a state motion to admit two exhibits, a 911 recording and a defendant’s statement. Waters continued the hearing to a later date so the co-defendants, Arthur Allen Thornton, 42, and Crystal Dawn Smith, 38, could be present.

All three were indicted by the January Wood County grand jury on charges of concealment of a deceased human body and conspiracy to commit concealment of a deceased human body.

According to court records, on Sept. 20, 2012, the three placed the body of Brandy Marie Adams, 25, in the trunk of her vehicle and drove the vehicle to the Seventh Street Car Wash in Parkersburg, where the vehicle was left. Officials said Adams died at 57 Meadowbrook Trailer Park in Parkersburg.

In other circuit court hearings Tuesday:

* Richard Farrah Walters, 33, in custody at the North Central Regional Jail, was arraigned on an indictment from the January grand jury for two counts each of burglary and battery and one count of malicious assault. He entered an innocent plea and a motion was granted to move his trial to the May court term. A hearing was set to revoke Walters’ home confinement and bond to be reinstated with home confinement without GPS before Waters.

* Keith Mitchell Saunders, 44, 906 Lynn St., Parkersburg, was granted a motion for an in-camera hearing regarding the admissibility of statements. After the hearing Waters ruled the statements were admissible.

* James Scott Smearman, 33, in custody at the North Central Regional Jail, appeared for a motion to dismiss and for a motion to admit a statement to evidence. Waters ruled the statement could not be admitted into evidence. Smearman was indicted by the January 2013 grand jury on charges of operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug laboratory and exposing a child to methamphetamine manufacturing.

* Lindsey Sherman Tibbs III, 34, in custody at the North Central Regional Jail, was in court for a bond revocation and a new bond was set. He had been released on a $100,000 bond but that was revoked when he was arrested on a joyriding charge in March. Judge J.D. Beane set a new bond amount at $300,000 with home confinement. Tibbs was indicted by the January 2013 grand jury on charges of malicious assault and unlawful restraint.