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June 21, 2011

Hardy woman accused of killing newborn indicted

Body found concealed in trash bag

MOOREFIELD, W.Va. — A Moorefield woman is awaiting a pretrial hearing after being indicted by the Hardy County grand jury for allegedly killing her newborn, who was found deceased and concealed in a trash bag outside a county residence May 12.

Vicki Hawks, 34, was indicted last week on one count of murder and one count of concealing a deceased human body, according to documents provided by Hardy County Circuit Court.

Hawks was among 19 people indicted on various charges by the grand jury.

She is scheduled to appear in circuit court Monday before Judge Donald H. Cookman, who has sealed documents in the case at the request of defense attorney Jonathan Brill. Prosecuting attorney Lucas J. See did not object to the motion.

The indictment follows a West Virginia State Police investigation into the discovery of the infant’s body near a residence on Jenkin’s Run Road.

Evidence gathered at the scene “was indicative of an intentional death,” according to investigators.

Hawks was arrested a short time after the infant’s body was discovered and has been jailed since then at the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail in Augusta.

Eight of the indictments are related to drug cases.

Samuel Tobias Judy and Paul Jay Snyder were both indicted on charges of possession of pseudoephedrine with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine and two counts of conspiracy, operating a clandestine laboratory. In addition, Judy was indicted for illegal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon for a sexual offense.

John David Gant, possession with intent to manufacture a schedule I controlled substance and manufacturing a schedule I controlled substance.

August Lynne Parker and James Curtis Parker Jr., attempting to operate a clandestine drug laboratory, conspiracy and exposing children to attempted methamphetamine manufacturing.

Lynn Welton Ludwig Jr., operating a clandestine drug laboratory and conspiracy.

David Allen Adkins, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession with intent to manufacture a controlled substance and manufacturing a controlled substance.

Jack Carson Burner, operating a clandestine drug laboratory; delivery of a schedule II controlled substance and exposing a child to methamphetamine manufacturing.

Two people were indicted on charges of failure to register as a sex offender, Jesse Ray Phillips (three counts) and Michael Anthony Fairfax (two counts).

Bradford Keith Deetz Jr., driving under the influence of alcohol (third offense).

Heather Lynn Jackson, malicious assault.

Justin Issak Foltz and Ashley Nichole Boucher, breaking and entering and petit larceny.

Perry Mark Diorio and Joshua James Garrison, grand larceny.

Richard R. Taylor Sr., failure to meet an obligation to provide support to a minor.

Glenda Williams, fraudulently obtaining an overpayment of welfare assistance.  

All the defendants appeared in circuit court June 14 for bond hearings before Cookman. Some of the defendants were granted pretrial release after posting bond.

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