Sampson, Armstrong murder trials scheduled

PARKERSBURG — Two Wood County men charged with murder in separate cases were set for trial in Wood County Circuit Court Thursday.

In status hearings before Judge Jason Wharton, trial dates were set for Jeffrey Lee Sampson and David Scott Armstrong. Both men were found competent to stand trial.

Sampson, 47, in custody at the North Central Regional Jail, will stand trial March 30 for the Jan. 10, 2017 murders of Shawn Hardman and Brandy Hardman, both of Waverly.

According to police reports, the shooting took place at the home of Sampson’s estranged wife in Mineral Wells as the Hardmans attempted to intervene in a domestic dispute.

Police said the Hardmans had been called to the residence by Sampson’s estranged wife after Sampson refused to leave.

Sampson is charged with murder, kidnapping, kidnapping, use or presentation of a firearm during the commission of a felony and wanton endangerment of a firearm.

Armstrong, 27, in custody at the North Central Regional Jail, will stand trial in the Jan. 31, 2017 overdose death of Ryan Danko. Prosecutors allege he supplied the fentanyl Danko used.

His case was continued to the next court term and the trial was set for May 1, 2018. Armstrong also was charged with delivery of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.

In other hearings:

* Karen Sue Flowers, 46, 597 Eastlawn Ave., Parkersburg, was sentenced after her plea to a charge of second-offense DUI. She was sentenced by Judge Robert Waters to one year home confinement with credit for 32 days served and to participate in a treatment program.

* Zac Blaine Wilson, 25, in custody at the North Central Regional Jail, was sentenced after his guilty plea to a charge of grand larceny as charged by the May 2017 grand jury. Waters set sentencing for 9 a.m. Feb. 1, 2018.

* Christine Marie Burchard, 33, in custody at the North Central Regional Jail, pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy to operate or attempting to operate a clandestine drug laboratory as charged in a bill of information. She was sentenced by Waters to one to five years to run consecutively to a sentence she is now serving.

* Oakley Mason Cheuvront, 24, in custody at the North Central Regional Jail, was arraigned on a petition to revoke his probation. He waived a preliminary hearing. He admitted to eight paragraphs of charges in the petition and Waters set sentencing for 9 a.m. Jan. 4, 2018.

* Timothy Raymond Huson, 32, 903 Charles St., Parkersburg, was sentenced following his guilty plea to a bill of information charging him with delivery of a controlled substance. Judge J.D. Beane sentenced him to one to five years in prison with credit for 251 days served.

* Bill Joe Robertson, 38, in custody at the North Central Regional Jail, was sentenced after his guilty plea to first-degree robbery as charged by the special session of the grand jury on Oct, 31, 2016. He was sentenced by Beane to 15 years in prison with credit for 467 days served.

* James Edward Frick, 48, Parkersburg, was sentenced by Beane after his guilty plea to a charge of failure to provide notification of registration changes. He was sentenced to one to five years in prison with credit for 63 days served, suspended for home confinement.

On Wednesday, Christopher Scott Murvine, 27, in custody at the North Central Regional Jail, was sentenced after his guilty plea to charges of petit larceny and voluntary manslaughter in connection with the January 2017 overdose death of Hannah Hescht.

Under questioning during his September plea hearing, Murvine admitted to the delivery of a controlled substance to Hescht, which resulted in her death.

According to police records, Hescht died Jan. 25, 2017, at Marietta Memorial Hospital after being transported unresponsive from a Williamstown residence. A toxicology report showed her death was a result of a fentanyl overdose, which police found had been sold to her by Murvine, officials said.

Murvine was sentenced by Beane to 15 years in prison with credit for 249 days served for the voluntary manslaughter charge and one year with credit for 249 days served for a petit larceny charge to be served concurrently.

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