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Wood County judge denies bond reduction for drug suspect

PARKERSBURG — A suspect in a drug investigation requested a reduction in bond because he was concerned about his health during the coronavirus pandemic.

Wood County Circuit Judge Jason Wharton denied the motion, according to court records.

Lorenzo Mikeirst Thomas, 43, in custody at the North Central Regional Jail in Doddridge County, appeared before Wharton via video conference Wednesday on a motion to reduce his bond from a $300,000 surety with a condition of home confinement to a personal recognizance bond. Thomas was indicted on three counts of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver after being found with methamphetamine, fentanyl and heroin in October, court records show.

The prosecution reiterated its objections from a previous bond reduction motion, citing Thomas’ previous criminal history. They also said there have been no cases of the virus at the regional jail.

Also before Wharton Wednesday:

* Timothy Aric Fulks, 40, in custody at the North Central Regional Jail, admitted in a video conference to violating the terms of his probation. He will be sentenced at a later date.

Before Judge J.D. Beane:

* Delbert Wesley Hall Jr., 36, in custody at the North Central Regional Jail in Doddridge County, was arraigned by video conference Wednesday and pleaded not guilty to two counts of malicious assault and one count each of burglary, conspiracy to commit burglary and conspiracy to commit malicious assault. His trial was scheduled for June 9.

* Morgan Carol LeFay, 42, was arraigned via video conference from the North Central Regional Jail Wednesday and pleaded not guilty to two counts of malicious assault and one count each of burglary, conspiracy to commit burglary and conspiracy to commit malicious assault. Her trial was scheduled for June 9. A motion to reinstate bond was denied.

* Brandon Robert Harvey, 34, was arraigned via video conference from the regional jail Wednesday and pleaded not guilty to charges of burglary and violation of a protective order. His trial was set for June 9. The defense made a motion to reduce Harvey’s bond to $5,000. The state objected and asked the judge to require home confinement if the bond was reduced. Beane reduced the bond to $10,000 with home confinement a condition.

Before Judge Robert Waters:

* A motion to set bond for Jeffrey Caplinger, 30, in custody at the regional jail, was denied during a hearing via teleconference on Tuesday. A motion was granted for a competency exam for Caplinger, who was charged in January with armed robbery after allegedly shooting another man and stealing items from him.

* Pierre Perrin Mims, 42, in custody at the jail, was given a 30-day sanction, with credit for 12 days served, for violating the terms of his supervised release Monday. Mims was released from custody in August following a sentence on four counts of third-degree sexual assault and ordered to spend 20 years on supervised release.

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