Trial Requested In Terry Case

A trial date for Benwood Councilman Chuck Terry will not be set before July.

During a hearing in Marshall County Circuit Court on Wednesday, Prosecutor Jeff Cramer requested a trial be set for the man accused of firing a shotgun at his neighbor’s truck. However, because of a heavy court schedule that remains for this term, Judge Mark A. Karl asked Terry if he was willing to waive his right to a speedy trial. Terry waived and must appear again at 10 a.m. July 15, when a trial date may be set.

On Sept. 17, Terry, 67, was arrested and charged with wanton endangerment after allegedly firing a 12-gauge shotgun at the truck of his neighbor, David Davies, following a dispute over a tree branch. According to testimony from Davies, after hearing the gunshot, he ran to the truck and Terry allegedly pumped the shotgun and pointed it at Davies.

Terry is free on $1,500 bond.

If convicted, Terry could be sentenced to one to five years in prison or be sentenced to one year in prison and/or be fined between $250 and $2,500, according to West Virginia Code.