FAIRMONT — A Fairmont man who was recently indicted for the Dec. 26, 2018 murder of Justin Michael Cassella pleaded not guilty at his arraignment before Marion County Judge David R. Janes Tuesday.

During his appearance in Marion County Circuit Court, 35-year-old Richard Allen Moore II pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and a charge of conspiracy to commit felony controlled substance violations.

Moore, along with William E. Littleton, 27, were indicted for first-degree murder by a grand jury Oct. 4 for the murder of Cassella.

Like Moore, Littleton also faces one count of conspiracy to commit felony controlled substance violations.

Janes set Moore’s trial for 9 a.m. on Jan. 15.

Marion County Prosecutor Jeffrey Freeman was present for the state while Moore was presented by attorney Rebecca Tate.

A court schedule shows that Littleton is scheduled to be arraigned at 11:30 a.m. today before Janes.

Freeman said both sides have requested discovery.

Police found Cassella dead with a gunshot wound at a home in the 2000 block of Dixie Avenue on Dec. 26, 2018.

According to a news release from the Fairmont Police Department, Cassella had an apparent gunshot wound to the upper torso.

Two days after the shooting, the Fairmont Police Department’s Detective Division arrested Moore.

Then, on Jan. 9, 2019, Fairmont Police Department officers received an anonymous tip of the whereabouts of Littleton, who had been a fugitive.

Police said in the news release that multiple officers of the Fairmont Police Department, the Marion County Sheriff’s DOffice and the U.S. Marshal Service coordinated in entering an East Side residence off Route 310 to apprehend Littleton, who did not resist. The arrest was made without incident.

Eric Hrin can be reached at 304-367-2549, or ehrin@timeswv.com.

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