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Murder trial set for Dec.

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 18th, 2013

BUCKHANNON — The man accused in a murder-for-hire plot that led to the death of another Buckhannon man pled not guilty to murder and conspiracy charges Friday in Upshur County Circuit Court.

Rodolfo “Chino” Villagomez Correa, 33, of Buckhannon, has been held without bond since his arrest in 2012 for the alleged murder of Joshua Oberg. He also is awaiting sentencing for a federal firearms charge in U.S. District Court.

Represented by attorney Russell Stobbs, Villagomez lodged a not-guilty plea to the Upshur County charges in a brief appearance before Judge Kurt Hall.

Hall did not set pre-trial hearing dates for any of the individuals arraigned Friday, but he did schedule jury selection to be Dec. 10 with the trials possibly taking place in the two-week window between Dec. 11 and Christmas. Should pre-trial hearings be needed, those could be added to the Dec. 4, 5 or 6 calendar later.

Villagomez’s alleged co-defendents Jesse Heater and Robert Eugene Siron III are still slated for trial Dec. 16, after having their trial continued previously.

For the complete article see the 09-16-2013 issue.

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