Murder and Sex Assault top indictments by Mercer County grand jury

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 The grand jury in Mercer County returned nearly 100 indictments in the February session.  The jury was seated on Monday, Feb. 9, 2015, and came back with the docket on Thursday.  The indictments ranged from robbery to forgery and from sex assault to murder.  A little more than 10-percent of the indictments were directly drug related.

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Johnny Farley was among those who had their cases reviewed and probably cause was found to move forward.  Farley is accused of First Degree Murder in the death of his wife Lynette Farley.  The couple lived in Raleigh County, but Lynette Farley’s body was found in a shallow grave off of Egeria Road in Mercer County.  Lynette Farley had been missing for more than a week.  Then State Troopers said that Johnny Farley came forward and took them to her body.

There were several people indicted on charges of sex assault.  Those included Tim Probert, who was a former youth mentor at a church 
in Bluefield, WV.  Probert is facing dozens of sex charges against teenage boys.  Some of those charges date back to 1986.

Another alleged sex offender is Nester Darby.  He was arrested in September 2014 on 37 counts of sex abuse.  He is accused of abusing his girlfriend’s son.

Anthony Michael Hicks was also arrested on charges of sex assault that involved a five-year-old boy.  The charges came to light during the investigation into allegations of rape against Hicks’ sister-in-law.  The alleged assault against the boy happened in 2011.  Hicks was arrested and charged in Jan. 2015.

A case of elder abuse lead to the arrest of two people in Princeton, WV.  David Small and Patina Hypes are indicted on charges of Abuse of an Incapacitated Adult and Conspiracy.  The charges stem from the beating of Thomas Moore at the Gardner Estates Mobile Home Park.  Small and Hypes were Moore’s caretakers.

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