Smith denied motion for new trial

PARKERSBURG – One of three people originally charged in the case of concealing a dead body was in Wood County Circuit Court for a motion Tuesday.

Crystal Dawn Smith, 39, 1614 Seventh St., Parkersburg, was denied a motion for a new trial. She was convicted Aug. 28 on a count of conspiracy to commit concealment of a human body.

Smith was acquitted on a charge of concealment of a deceased human body.

Judge Robert Waters set sentencing for her plea agreement for 9 a.m. Oct. 30. Smith and two others were indicted in connection with leaving the body of Brandy Adams, 25, in the trunk of her on Sept. 20, 2012 and leaving the car at a Parkersburg car wash.

Her co-defendants Victor Lee Thompson, 35, and Arthur Allen Thornton, 43, were indicted on charges of concealing a deceased human body and conspiracy to conceal a deceased human body.

Charges against Thompson were dismissed.

Thornton entered a plea agreement to plead guilty to a charge of conspiracy to commit concealment of a deceased human body and two unrelated charges of unlawful taking of a vehicle and fraudulent use of an access device. Thornton was sentenced to six months for the conspiracy to conceal a deceased human body charge

In other hearings Tuesday:

* Kaitlin Nicole Pryor, 19, 113 Elm Tree Drive, Parkersburg, was acquitted on one count and the second count was dismissed. After a one-day trial before Judge Jeffrey Reed the jury acquitted Pryor on a charge of grand larceny and a charge of delivery of a controlled substance was dismissed.

* Amy Patterson, 22, in custody at the North Central Regional Jail, appeared for sentencing but a motion for a continuance was granted; a new sentencing date was set for 1:30 p.m. Oct. 25. On Aug. 1, she pleaded guilty to charges of fraudulent use of an access device and conspiracy to commit fraudulent use of an access device as charged by the January 2013 grand jury. All other charges against her were dismissed as part of the plea agreement.

* Tamika Nichole Waters, 27, 1322 Avery St., Parkersburg, was arraigned on an indictment from the September 2013 grand jury on charges of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and conspiracy to commit possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. She entered a plea of not guilty and her trial was set for Dec. 3 before Waters. She remains free on bond to await trial.

In a hearing on Monday:

* Joshua Heiney, 31, of Parkersburg was sentenced Monday to one to 15 years in prison on a charge of delivery of a controlled substance. He was also assessed court costs and restitution.

Heiney was indicted May 16 on a charge of delivery of a controlled substance. He pleaded guilty to the charge on Aug. 29.