2013-07-11 / Local & State

Criminal Cases Headed To Trial

Barnhart, Hess and Skidmore request jury trials
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

Roy Barnhart Roy Barnhart NEWS EDITOR

Jury selection is scheduled for later this month in cases involving three Fulton County men accused of various criminal infractions, including robbery, indecent assault of a child and drug delivery.

Seventy-one-year-old Roy Grover Barnhart appeared in the Fulton County Court of Common Pleas Tuesday for call of the criminal trial list in connection with allegations dating back to 2004 through 2008. Barnhart, of 11 Gerald Circle, Mc- Connellsburg, is currently charged with 60 counts of indecent assault and 20 counts of the corruption of minors. An additional 12 counts of aggravated indecent assault were previously dropped by a district judge of the lower court during a May 6 preliminary hearing.

At the request of defense attorney Timothy Barrouk, Barnhart will be appearing in court again on Friday, September 13, for a jury trial overseen by President Judge Douglas Herman.

Albert Hess Albert Hess Charges against Barnhart were filed earlier this year by investigating officer Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Timothy Lear of the McConnellsburg substation. In an affidavit of probable cause filed in the case, Lear stated a caseworker for Fulton County Services for Children received a complaint from a confidential informant regarding alleged sexual abuse. The informant told police that the juvenile’s mother indicated the child was depressed and was acting differently.

The affidavit further indicates that the victim maintains the abuse began at the age of 5 or 6 and ended at 10 or 11 years old. The inappropriate touching allegedly occurred at a “big green house,” in a car and the remaining times at Barnhart’s residence, the charging documents stated.

The abuse reportedly stopped when Barnhart was investigated and arrested for abusing another child in 2007.

Nathan Skidmore Nathan Skidmore Albert “Jake” Leroy Hess of 111 Woodside Drive, Apt A-11, Mc- Connellsburg, also appeared in court Tuesday for call of the criminal trial list but on three separate criminal cases involving drug delivery. The 66-year-old will undergo a jury trial on two of those cases Friday, September 6, before Judge Angela Krom and will be represented in court proceedings by attorney Eric Weisbrod.

Hess was charged on October 3, 2012, by an undercover officer from Pennsylvania State Police in Hollidaysburg for a pair of alleged drug transactions that occurred a year prior in northern Fulton County. Police accused Hess of selling hydrocodone tablets to a confidential informant at a pulloff along Route 913 and at another pull-off at the intersection of Route 655 and North Hess Road.

A total of 106 pills were reportedly exchanged for $700 in police drug buy money.

Surveillance was conducted in the area when the transactions were made, the affidavit noted.

Hess faces one count each of delivery of a controlled substance and criminal conspiracy in both criminal cases set for jury trial.

A third case involving delivery and possession of a controlled substance will be continued until the October trial term. Defense attorney Dwight Harvey, who is overseeing Hess’s third case, requested the continuance due to pending pretrial motions.

Charges against the Mc- Connellsburg man were filed March 22 in the hours after a confidential informant went to Hess’s Cardinal Glenn Apartment and allegedly bought 10 hydrocodoneacetaminophen tablets for $60. Hess was arrested and remanded to the Franklin County Jail following the most recent incident. He currently remains free on $100,000 bail.

Having previously withdrawn a guilty plea to a robbery at Mac- Donald’s Pharmacy, former Warfordsburg area resident Nathan Lee Skidmore entered a new request Tuesday to have his case continued until October to allow for the consolidation of cases, including the newest charge of escape. The request made by defense attorney Philip Harper was denied by the court, and Skidmore’s jury trial has been scheduled for September 25 and 26.

Skidmore, 24, was arrested February 2 several hours following an early afternoon robbery at the borough pharmacy located on South Third Street. Clerks at the pharmacy, according to the affidavit of probable cause filed by Trooper Lear, were handed a note written on a white envelope that said, “You have five seconds to put a Ritalin, Adderall and Xanax in a bag before I kill you and every body here! This is not a game, test me!”

The robber was identified as having worn a white mask over his face, dark hoodie, dark blue jeans and white sneakers. Troopers were able to locate clothing matching the description of those worn by the suspect at Skidmore’s current residence located at 13822 Vantz Street, Hancock, Md., as well as bottles of stolen prescription pills, the affidavit said.

Juries to hear these cases will be selected July 22.

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