Wood County Circuit Court
PARKERSBURG — Wood County Circuit Court heard the following cases on March 5:
In Judge Robert Waters’ Court:
* Christopher Stephens, 34, in custody, pleaded guilty to breaking and entering count one and sentencing is set for May 6 at 1 p.m.
* Kenneth Williams, 52, in custody, pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy to commit possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, heroin, count one and delivery of a controlled substance, heroin, count two. Sentencing is set for May 6 at 9 a.m.
In Judge J.D. Beane’s Court
* Josh Greene, 35, in custody, had his trial set for June 23 on a charge of murder in the first degree.
The criminal complaint alleges that Jason Tefft, the victim, and Greene were witnessed on the front porch of the 809 Edgelawn St. residence in the early evening hours of Feb. 14, 2019. Greene had allegedly struck Tefft in the face and head and Tefft did not defend himself, Parkersburg Police said.
The complaint alleges that later that same night Greene and a second individual had left the residence and later returned. Greene had then discovered that his bed had been urinated on by Tefft, the complaint states.
Some time on Feb. 15, Greene had allegedly struck Tefft in the face while he was asleep in bed. Greene allegedly dragged the victim out of the bedroom and into the hallway and again Greene struck the victim in the face, the complaint states.
A witness stated that Greene delivered several closed fist strikes to the victim’s head and chest as well as kicking the victim, according to the complaint.
The beating resulted in the victim receiving a severe brain injury described as massive brain shift and bleeding around his brain, Parkersburg Police Chief Joe Martin said.
* Noble Gibson, 38, in custody, pleaded guilty to attempted murder count one and was sentenced to 3-15 years at the West Virginia Department of Corrections.
According to court records, on the evening of Sept. 8, 2019, Tana Marie Shea, Gibson’s estranged wife, exited her apartment at 1906 Cameron Ave. carrying two trash bags that she was going to place in a Dumpster. As she approached the corner of the apartment she observed Gibson come out of the bushes and come toward her, records state.
Shea attempted to run back to her apartment, but Gibson arrived there before her; she then tried to get to a neighbor’s apartment but was tackled, court records state. Gibson, who was on top of her, allegedly began striking her with an unknown sharp object about the chest, neck, arms, face and back.
The attack stopped when a neighbor appeared with a baseball bat and chased Gibson away, court records state.
Shea was transported to Camden Clark Medical Center where she was admitted with 10 stab wounds.