The Times West Virginian

March 8, 2013

Attorney yet to have preliminary hearing

Following physical altercation in January; lawsuits have been filed

By Debra Minor Wilson
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — The Monongalia County attorney arrested after a physical altercation with a second attorney in late January at the J. Harper Meredith Building has yet to have a preliminary hearing in Marion County.

A hearing is tentatively set for later this month. The date for the preliminary hearing is usually set within 10 days of the arrest. Sources indicate a special prosecutor may be appointed.

According to the criminal complaint filed Jan. 22 in Marion County Magistrate Court, Stephen Sean Murphy was charged with felony malicious assault on fellow lawyer Scott Radman, “causing bodily harm ... by beating him about the head and face, which caused injuries.”

The altercation took place on the fourth floor of the City-County Building, which connects to the second floor of the Marion County Courthouse.

According to Marion County Sheriff Joe Carpenter, deputies were alerted to a possible altercation in progress on the fourth floor of the building. When they arrived on scene, “there was one subject lying on the floor,” Carpenter said. “Based on witness interviews,” the complaint continued, “Radman appeared to lay helpless while the beating about the head continued.”

Three deputies had already responded to the scene, one with the individual on the floor and two with a second individual identified as Murphy. Murphy was arrested by Marion County Sheriff’s Deputies and charged with malicious assault. He was released on a $10,000 bond.


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