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Man indicted in St. Patrick's Day bar death

By Staff reports

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A grand jury has indicted a man on involuntary manslaughter charges for allegedly punching another man outside a South Charleston bar on St. Patrick's Day, causing his death.

Kenneth Ray Slater Jr., 44, was indicted Friday in connection with the death of Robert Adkins, 51, a former Alcohol Beverage Control Administration employee whom he allegedly punched outside Mojo's Sports Bar.

Slater told police that Adkins was making passes at his girlfriend. Adkins also grabbed the woman's arm, followed the couple and made suggestive comments, Slater said.

Dan Holstein, chief of staff at the Kanawha County prosecutor's office, originally told Adkins' family that the state did not intend to pursue criminal charges against Slater. Kanawha County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Plants overrode that decision after re-examining the evidence and finding that Adkins may not have posed an immediate threat to Slater during the altercation.

Slater will be arraigned before Kanawha County Circuit Judge Tod J. Kaufman on Sept. 25.

Also Friday, the grand jury indicted a Nitro woman who allegedly poured gasoline on her boyfriend and set him on fire.

Cynthia Marie Swoboda, 45, of 17th Street, was indicted on charges of attempted murder and malicious wounding for the apparent attack on her boyfriend, Shane Stone.

On May 26, police responded to the call at CVS Pharmacy, 121 10th St., according to a criminal complaint filed in Kanawha County Magistrate Court.

When police arrived at the scene, Stone was walking around the parking lot and "wincing," the complaint states. His back was red and blistering. He told police that Swoboda had poured gasoline on him and set him ablaze.

In all, 60 people were indicted this week in Kanawha County. They are to report to the following judges at the following times to be arraigned.

An indictment is not a finding of fact; it means that a grand jury believes enough evidence exists to warrant a jury trial.

Judge Jennifer Bailey, Oct. 31, 9 a.m.

Curtis A. Hairston, 38, burglary, first-degree sexual assault, second-degree sexual assault; Walter H. Hardin III, 30, South Charleston, burglary, grand larceny, conspiracy; Michael Hively, 28, South Charleston, conspiracy, transferring and receiving stolen property; Megan Bibbee, 21, St. Albans, conspiracy, transferring and receiving stolen property; Shawn E. Higganbotham, 32, Charleston, burglary; Krista Marie Means, 25, Alum Creek, drug charges; Charles Bryan Pauley, 37, Alum Creek, drug charges; Misty Sue Stump, 32, Cross Lanes, embezzlement; Raymond L. Taylor, 55, Charleston, drug charges.

Judge Charles E. King Jr., Oct. 11, 11 a.m.

Jonathan Christopher Ryan Ealy, 24, Johnson City, Tenn., DUI, fleeing charges; Lawrence Lee Foster, 70, Charleston, grand larceny; Mallory Rei Marsisco, 23, South Charleston, fraudulent use of a credit card; Leah Williams, fraudulent use of a credit card; Joyce Hope McDonald, 61, Gallagher, drug charges; Dewayne Scott Nomar, 30, Charleston, burglary and petit larceny; Andrew Ryan Nomar, 20, Charleston, burglary and petit larceny; Chrystal N. Stovall, 30, Charleston, embezzlement, forgery and uttering; Mercus Dewayne Watterson, 30, Richmond Va., drug charges; Earl Ellery Wright, 31, Charleston, drug charges.

Judge Duke Bloom, Sept. 24, 1:30 p.m.

Jamar Allen Collins, 24, Charleston, drug charges; Gregory Dale Copley, 42, Dingess, first-degree robbery, fraudulent use of an access device; John Maynard, 44, Williamson, first-degree robbery; David James Hacker, 30, Charleston, fraudulent use of an access device, second-degree robbery; Mark Douglas Coffindaffer, 44, Charleston, fraudulent use of an access device; Tiffany Nichole Light, 23, Charleston, grand larceny, burglary, conspiracy; Tiffany Fawn Vannoy, 35, Charleston, burglary and conspiracy.

Judge Tod J. Kaufman, Sept. 25, 10 a.m.

Stephen Arthur Brooks, 54, Charleston, drug charges; Aaron Lee Green, 20, Turtle Creek, breaking and entering, grand larceny; Anthony Ross Harmon, 25, Charleston, burglary, fraudulent use of an access device; Bradley Isaac Hill, 48, Charleston, third- and fourth-degree arson; Adrian Demetrius Jenkins, 24, Charleston, drug charges; Shannon R. Lawhorn, 29, Cedar Grove; Michael Lee Richard, 28, Clendenin, drug charges; Kenneth Ray Slater Jr., 44, Charleston, involuntary manslaughter.

Judge James C. Stucky, Sept. 26, 9 a.m.

David Richard Cole, 36, Charleston, drug charges; Dominic Love Davis, 38, New York, first-degree sexual abuse; Lisa Diane Gunter, 43, Nitro, DUI, child neglect; Robert C. Jarvis, 53, Elkview, drug charges; Kasey Jeffrey, 22, St. Albans, burglary and grand larceny; Cody Gore, 18, St. Albans, burglary and grand larceny; Kenneth Eugene Parrish, II, 22, St. Albans, burglary, conspiracy, petit larceny; David Reginald Peoples, 31, Columbus, Ohio, drug charges; Cynthia Marie Swoboda, 46, Dunbar, attempted murder and malicious wounding.

Judge Carrie Webster, Sept. 28, 2012, 1 p.m.

William Allen Anderson, 47, Charleston, attempted first-degree robbery, burglary, malicious wounding; Carl L. Backburn, 40, Charleston, DUI charges; Thomas Alex Canterbury, 21, South Charleston, third-degree sexual assault; Cory Andrew Lee Chafin, 57, Charleston, drug charges; Ramhazz Khaliph Corley, 28, Charleston, drug charges; Talton Dewatne Pratt, 31, battery on a health-care provider, batter, malicious wounding and escape; Billy Gene Reed, 40, Charleston, bank robbery and conspiracy; Antonio Williams, 20, Charleston, bank robbery and conspiracy; Lynsey Marie Taylor, 23, Elkview, leaving the scene of an accident involving a death; Stephen Michael Thaxton, 24, Beckley, grand larceny, attempted grand larceny, petit larceny.

Judge Paul Zakaib Jr., Oct. 12, 2012, 1 p.m.

Clifford Jonathan Collins, 22, Charleston, DUI charges; Scott Elliot Neely, 38, Cartersville, Ga., possession of a stolen vehicle; Ryan Keith Querry, 24, Hugheston, burglary, petit larceny, fraudulent use of an access device; Tonya Terrell, 30, Kimberly, welfare fraud; Michael Terrell, 31, Kimberly, welfare fraud.


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