Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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June 24, 2014

Trial dates set on docket day for murder, sex abuse cases, more

PRINCETON — Trial dates for suspects facing charges ranging from first-degree murder to sexual abuse were set Monday during docket day in Mercer Count Circuit Court.

People who had been indicted by the Mercer County grand jury were required to appear Monday morning before Circuit Judge William Sadler. A trial date was set in each case, and trials were assigned to judges.

Trial dates were set for three co-defendants facing charges of first-degree murder, robbery first degree, and conspiracy. A Sept. 23 trial date was set in the cases of Oscar Ross Combs Sr., Oscar Ross Combs Jr., and Linda Ann Combs, 38, of Allen Junction before Judge Derek Swope. The three suspects allegedly robbed and killed James Paschal Butler on or about April 4, 2011, according to their indictments. Butler disappeared while en route to his job in Wyoming County.

Oscar Combs Sr., and Oscar Combs Jr., are both incarcerated at the Southern Regional Jail in Beaver. Linda Ann Combs remains on bond, according to court records.

A Sept. 23 trial date was also scheduled in Swope’s court in the case of Morrisettie Levar Leggett, 33, of Bluefield, who was indicted on a charge of first-degree murder in the death of David Bailey, 35, of Princeton. Bailey was shot and killed in December 2013 outside of Club Maximus near Princeton. Leggett remains free on a $40,000 bond.

Sadler set a Sept. 9 trial date in the case of Beverly Ann Mangum, 51, now at the Southern Regional Jail. Mangum allegedly attempted to rob the First Century Bank Branch on College Avenue in Bluefield on April 12. She was later indicted on a first-degree robbery charge. She is being held at the regional jail in lieu of a $200,000 surety bond. The trial will be conducted before Judge Swope.

A July 22 trial was set for James “Jim” Roland Irvin, 57, of Bluefield. Irvin, who was at the Mercer County Courthouse for docket day to set a trial date, has been indicted on multiple counts of sexual assault first-degree, sexual abuse first-degree and sexual abuse by a parent or guardian.

A self-proclaimed “warlock,” Irvin allegedly used a promise of magical spells to lure children into committing sexual acts with him, according to earlier reports. The case will be heard before Sadler. Irvin is being held on a $100,000 bond.

A trial date was set in the case of James Robert Cook II, 29, of Princeton, who was indicted on charges including attempt to commit first-degree murder, domestic assault and brandishing. Cook allegedly attempted to stab Anthony R. Blevins on March 12, according to court records. A trial was set for July 22 before Sadler.

A trial was also scheduled for Daniel Wayne Collins, 44, of Frankfort, Ky. Trial was set for July 22 before Sadler. Collins is facing charges including first-degree sexual abuse; sexual abuse by a parent, guardian, custodian or person in a position of trust, and sexual assault first degree. He is currently free on a $5,000 bond. The alleged incidents occurred with a female juvenile “12 years old or less” according to court documents.

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