Saturday, March 29, 2003

Former Pocahontas mayor bonds out on federal murder charges

This article from the Bluefield paper confirms that Charles Gilmore has posted bond set at $500,000 and obtained his release, pending trial on federal charges relating to the triple murder in 1989 which has been the subject of multiple trials in state and federal court. Last year, Sam Ealy was sentenced to life in prison for his role in the crimes, after being acquitted in state court in 1991. Walter Church was also tried last year in federal court, but the jury could not reach a verdict, and he awaits another trial. In connection with the Church case, Judge Jones of the W.D. Va. joined the courts which have upheld the constitutionality of the federal death penalty, in a series of opinions culminating with this one.

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