More than 100 suspects are indicted by the grand jury in Raleigh County during the May 2018 session. Cases reviewed by the panel range from driving on a suspended license to attempted murder. There were also several sex crimes including soliciting a minor and sex assault.
Jody Robertson of Cool Ridge was indicted on charges of attempted first degree murder and malicious wounding. The charges stem from an incident in September 2017 when Robertson allegedly drove through a fence in Ghent and hit two men with his truck.
Jay Bare of Beckley is facing two counts of wanton endangerment. Those charges are in connection with a shooting incident in the area of the Country Inn and Suites on Harper Road. That happened in January 2018. His father, Randolph Stump, Jr. is also facing the same charges in that incident. Stump has an additional charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Michael Lambert was indicted for exhibiting or possessing material depicting minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.
James and Melinda Blankenship are each facing two counts of third degree sexual assault and felony conspiracy. They are accused of sexually abusing a 14-year-old boy in February 2018.
James Fruia is charged with soliciting a minor by computer and traveling for prohibited sexual activity. That crime involved a 13-year-old girl. When he showed up to meet her in September 2017, he was arrested.
These suspects and the rest of those indicted will be arraigned over the week of June 4-7. The hearings will take place at 9 a.m. in front of their assigned judges.