About 18 months ago, Poore of Statesville, N.C., was charged with murdering his son. The trial was scheduled for last May, but one of the defense witnesses had a stroke, said Pleasants County Prosecutor Tim Sweeney.
“The witness with the stroke has substantially recovered,” Sweeney said. The witness is expected to be able to participate in the trial.
An autopsy report, misplaced before it was completed and returned to law enforcement officials, caused the case to be delayed 25 years, officials said. After the report was discovered, Pleasants County law enforcement re-examined the case.
A warrant for Poore’s arrest was issued in July 2006. He heard of the warrant and turned himself in at the Pleasants County Magistrate Court in St. Marys in August 2006.
He was released on bond several weeks later and returned to North Carolina to work.
Meanwhile in court, Jeffrey Allan Hughart, 40, of St. Marys was indicted on a charge of second-degree sexual assault of a 14-year-old girl. His trial is scheduled for Feb. 6.
The incident allegedly occurred about Jan. 26, 2007. Hughart is being held in the North Central Regional Jail.
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