Suspect in Mineral Wells murders set for status hearing

PARKERSBURG — More pre-trial hearings in the case of Jeffery Lyle Sampson were heard in Wood County Circuit Court Friday.

Sampson, 47, in custody at the North Central Regional Jail, appeared for a hearing on issues regarding the jury questionnaire. Sampson was indicted by the January 2018 grand jury on six counts of murder, kidnapping, two counts of burglary, use or presentation of a firearm during the commission of a felony and wanton endangerment with a firearm.

Sampson was charged with the January murder of Brandy Lynn Hardman, 40, and her husband Shawn Michael Hardman, 43. The shooting took place at the home of Sampson’s estranged wife in Mineral Wells where the Hardmans were called for help, police said.

A status hearing was set for 3:30 p.m. March 13.

In another hearing Friday:

* Philip Earl Cownden Jr., 48, 905 Seventh St., Parkersburg, appeared for a motion to suppress a traffic stop. After hearing arguments Judge Jason Wharton denied the motion to suppress. Cownden was indicted in January on charges of destruction of property and third-offense driving on a license revoked or suspended for DUI.

In hearings from Thursday:

* Anthony Scott Boling, 41, in custody at the North Central Regional Jail, entered a plea agreement to plead guilty to charges of unlawful entry and conspiracy to commit grand larceny. Wharton accepted the plea and the court found the plea to conspiracy to commit grand larceny to be an Alford plea. A motion for probation or alternative sentencing was taken under advisement. A hearing for a bond reduction was set for 1 p.m. March 5. An indictment from the January 2018 grand jury charging Boling with four counts of fraudulent use of an access device was dismissed.

* Tyler Lee Dillon, 29, 410 Bukey Ave., Williamstown, entered a plea agreement to plead guilty to a charge of child abuse creating a substantial risk of bodily injury. He was sentenced by Wharton to six months in the regional jail with zero days credit, suspended for one year probation.

* Gabriella Chaffin, 18, in custody at the North Central Regional Jail, appeared for a hearing to revoke her home confinement. A hearing on the merits of the case will be heard at 2:30 p.m. March 16 before Wharton.

* Paul Edward Bostic, 39, in custody at the North Central Regional Jail, was granted a continuance to the next court term pursuant to a pending psychological evaluation. Wharton set the new trial date for May 15. A motion to reinstate bond was denied. A status hearing was set for 9 a.m. May 7. Bostic is charged with two counts of third-degree sexual assault, five counts of possession of material depicting minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct and one count of use of minors in filming sexually explicit conduct.

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