Case of Wheeling Police Officer Accused of Domestic Violence Is Continued

SKINNER

Wheeling police officer Jacob Skinner’s preliminary hearing on a charge of malicious assault has been delayed again.

The charge stems from an alleged August incident involving an ex-girlfriend.

Skinner’s preliminary hearing was to have been held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, but Ohio County Magistrate Patricia Murphy said it was postponed. The proceedings were rescheduled for 11:30 a.m. Nov. 1.

Originally, his preliminary hearing was set for Sept. 6, but the matter was continued.

Skinner was arrested Aug. 21 on the felony charge and was arraigned by Ohio County Magistrate Charles Murphy. He posted $5,000 bond.

After Skinner’s arrest, Wheeling Police Chief Shawn Schwertfeger said the officer had been placed on administrative leave with pay pending the outcome of an internal investigation by the police department’s Office of Professional Standards and court proceedings.

The charge was filed by the Ohio County Sheriff’s Office, based on a complaint made by Skinner’s ex-girlfriend. She alleged that Skinner attacked her Aug. 18 during an argument at his residence in Wheeling.

However, Wheeling attorney Robert G. McCoid later said he and co-counsel Joseph J. John are confident that a video and audio recording will help to exonerate Skinner.

Brooke County Prosecuting Attorney Joseph Barki is serving as special prosecutor in the matter. The Ohio County prosecutor’s office is not involved in the case because of a potential conflict stemming from its close working relationship with the police department.

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