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Scheer trial makes a stop in West Virginia

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April 21, 2003

Albany-- The lawyers and Judge in the Bill Scheer murder trial made plans to travel to West Virginia for a deposition from a witness who can not attend the trial in three weeks in Macon.

Scheer is charged with beating his father to death in 1990. Eighty-three-year old William Scheer was hit in the head with a golf club. In a Monday hearing, Judge Stephen Goss ruled he, the District Attorney, and defense attornies would go to Charleston, West Virginia May 1st to take the testimony of former Albany Police Detective John Townsend.

Townsend, who recently had kidney surgery, lives in West Virginia. He was the lead investigator in the case.

Judge Goss also heard requests on allowing the transcript of an interview Monroe High Principal James Cross. Cross died a year and a half ago.

Scheer's attorney Pete Donaldson said "There are some different things that happen in old, old cases that don't happen in cases that are a year or six months old. People have died. Many witnesses have moved to other states."

Judge Goss did not rule on allowing Cross' testimony. He also delayed a hearing on wire tap evidence gathered from Bill Scheer's phone. The trial is scheduled to start May 12th in Macon.

posted at 5:35PM by dave.miller@walb.com