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Plea Agreement Is Sought In Murder Case

WELLSBURG — The attorney for man charged with first-degree murder in a February shooting in Colliers said he will

Hearings were held for two pending murder cases in Brooke County Monday, when pleas also were entered for other cases.

Attorney Edward Gillison told 1st Judicial Circuit Court Judge Ronald Wilson he’s negotiating a plea agreement for his client, Harley A. Gill, 27, of Wellsville.

A Sept. 19 status hearing was set for Gill, who has been charged with the first-degree murder in connection with the shooting death of 40-year-old Charles Jule Suter at his Colliers home on Feb. 11.

He also has been indicted on three counts of wanton endangerment for allegedly using a pistol to fire shots over the heads of three people at Suter’s Shreves Lane home after Suter was shot; and on counts of attempted burglary and being a person prohibited from possessing a firearm.

Gill is being held at St. Marys Correctional Center for charges filed against him in a separate Hancock County case.

A Nov. 14 hearing was set for a case against Jeffrey A. White, 28, of Weirton, so attorneys on both sides can resolve issues related to his psychiatric evaluation.

White was indicted for first-degree murder and burglary for allegedly entering the Wellsburg home of 69-year-old Daniel K. Gilchrist through a window and striking and killing him.

Police said it appeared that Gilchrist had fired a shot at the intruder.

Also on Monday, Isaac Wengert, 24, of Jonestown, Pa., pleaded guilty to misdemeanor battery and sentenced to one year of supervised probation and seven days in jail and ordered to pay court costs involved in his prosecution following a plea agreement reached by his attorney, Robert McCoid; and Brooke County Assistant Prosecutor David F. Cross.

When Wilson asked whether the victim supported the plea agreement, she told him she did not, alleging Wengert had raped her, causing her long-term anxiety and depression.

Wengert had been indicted for sexual abuse and sexual assault in connection with an Oct. 15, 2020, incident at Bethany College.

Before accepting the plea, Wilson asked Cross for details of the case.

Cross said the charges stem from a sexual encounter between the two in a college dorm, where the two had been drinking, and the state lacked physical evidence that she had been raped.

McCoid said he and his client conceded to “offensive touching,” which was the basis of the battery charge.

After accepting the plea, the judge told Wengert he’s not to have any contact with the victim or return to the college, among other conditions.

Also on Monday, Donald Mount, 30, of Follansbee pleaded guilty to failing to register as a sexual offender and probation violation for allegedly moving without alerting the West Virginia State Police within 10 days as instructed.

As part of a plea agreement, Mount was sentenced to one to five years in prison and ordered to pay costs involved in his prosecution.

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