FAIRMONT — Bond was reduced Tuesday for a Rivesville man charged in the Aug. 3 brawl at BFS Foods in White Hall that sent a New York man to the hospital.
White Hall Police charged the man, James Cody Biggie, 37, of 202 Skyline Dr., Rivesville, as well as Bruce Evan Davis, 53, of 135 Pine Ln., Fairmont, on Aug. 4 after warrants were obtained for their arrests. According to the criminal complaint, Biggie and Davis, along with Jason Harris and a fourth man, had what police called “a pre-planned physical
confrontation with several male individuals in the parking lot of the BFS Foods in White Hall.”
They were charged with attempted murder and conspiracy. White Hall Police identified the victim as Kenneth Murphy of Hilton, N.Y.
The incident has been described as a fight between motorcycle clubs. At 1:50 p.m. on Aug. 3., a Monongalia Emergency Centralized Communication Agency 911 report stated there was “a fight/stabbing in Fairmont between Hells Angels club and Pagan’s Motorcycle Club, and that one of the Hells Angels members was being transported to Ruby Memorial Hospital.”
On Monday at his preliminary hearing, Davis’ bail was reduced from $750,00 to $450,000.
Then, on Tuesday at his preliminary hearing before Marion County Magistrate Todd Rundle, Biggie’s bail was reduced from $1,030,000, to $500,000. Biggie, who was in attendance, waived the preliminary hearing and his case is now headed to Marion County Circuit Court.
The reduction in bail comes after Marion County Prosecutor said that the victim, whose fate was once described as “questionable,” is now expected to make a full recovery. The victim had initially been placed in a medically-induced coma after police said he was struck by a baseball ball and stabbed with a knife.
Following the incident, the criminal complaint stated that he had “a questionable prognosis of recovery.”
Biggie’s attorney, Eric Wildman, said that despite the reduction, he didn’t expect Biggie to post bail. Court records showed him still in North Central Regional Jail as of Tuesday evening.
“It’s something he’s not going to be able to make at this point,” Wildman said.
Freeman said he would be opposed to anything under $500,000.
It was brought up during the hearing that Biggie has two other felony cases. A court schedule shows him slated to appear before Marion County Judge David R. Janes Sept. 3 to enter a plea in a possession of a controlled substance/conspiracy case. A case against him involving a charge of false pretenses is pending before Marion County Judge Patrick N. Wilson.
In addition, it was noted during the hearing that Biggie had an escape charge filed several years ago. Court records show the charge of escape or attempt to escape from custody or institution was filed on March 14, 2014. However, it was dismissed on Aug. 12, 2014, according to court records.
There were several people in attendance at the hearing, several of them seated behind Biggie in the courtroom.
Freeman said a warrant has been issued for Harris.