2011-05-05 / Local & State

DUI Jury Trials Held

Judge Richard J. Walsh of the Fulton County Court of Common Pleas presided over two jury trials held last week in the Fulton County Courthouse.

A jury found 35-year-old McConnellsburg resident Matthew John Kelly guilty of driving under the influence ( first offense) on Wednesday, April 27. Meanwhile, Judge Walsh ruled Kelly was guilty of summary counts involving careless driving and accidents damaged an unattended vehicle or property. A final summary count of disregarding a single traffic lane ended in a verdict of not guilty.

Testifying on behalf of the commonwealth during the one-day trial were Dale Liscomb of McConnellsburg and Pennsylvania State Police troopers Jeff Remeikas and Bradley Huff. Teresa Lake of Needmore took the stand for the defense, which was led by Fulton County Public Defender Tamela Bard.

McConnellsburg resident Walter Andrew Rasp was found guilty of driving under the influence (third offense) on Thursday, April 28, during a one-day jury trial. Additional charges of careless driving and disregarding a single traffic lane were nolle prossed.

Troopers Remeikas and Ellis Barnett along with Fort Loudon resident Ruth Angle testified for the commonwealth, and Rasp, 34, testified on his own behalf for the defense. Defense attorney representing Rasp was Eric Weisbrod.

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