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UPDATE: Lewis County Men Accused of Murder Appeared in Court

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UPDATE (06/03/15 at 6:00 p.m.)


2 Lewis County men accused of murder appeared in court Wednesday.

Pre-trial hearings for Joseph Metz and Charles Freeman were held before Judge Jake Reger in Weston.

Both cases were continued.

Metz's trial will now be held in late August.

Freeman's hearing was continued until Thursday.

Both stand accused of murder and kidnapping in the disappearance of Maxine Stalnaker and Mary Friend in late 1999.

Family of the 2 women said they are ready to see the case come to a close.

"I'm more determined now to see justice than I am worried about my feelings. It's turning into 'It's going to happen or else,'" said family member, Pamela Smith.

Lawyers for Freeman will meet with prosecutors at 1:00 p.m. June 4. in Weston.

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UPDATE (3/30/15 at 6:00 p.m.)


Metz appeared in court Monday afternoon regarding the murders in 1999.

The defense made 3 motions. 2 motions were denied, and 1 was taken into advisement.

1 of the motions made by the defense involved law enforcement officials attempting to use Metz' wife to reveal more information on the case, and that motion was denied.

The judge set discovery deadlines for May.


ORIGINAL:A Lewis County man indicted in the death of his mother and grandmother pleaded not guilty in court Friday.

Attorneys for Joseph Metz, 39, filed a motion to dismiss the case citing a defect in the indictment.  The motion will be heard next week.  Judge Kurt Hall set the trial date for late October.  

Charles Steven Freeman, 51, of Archbold, Ohio was also indicted and will be arraigned upon his extradition to West Virginia.  Both Freeman and Metz were indicted in the July term of the Lewis County grand jury for the 1999 murders of  Mary Friend, 46 and Maxine Stalnaker, 69.  The women have been missing since 1999.  David Hughes, originally charged in the case, entered into a plea agreement for conspiracy to commit robbery in exchange for his testimony against Metz.



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