By: Lydia Crawley
The Parsons Advocate
Jerry Pifer has been indicted by a Grand Jury on one count of Malicious Assault. Pifer is accused of assault resulting from a September 29th incident at a car wash. Pifer appeared in court without legal representation before Judge Courrier of the 21st Circuit Court of West Virginia at the Tucker County Courthouse in Parsons.
Pifer informed Judge Courrier that he had not retained an attorney at this time, but was attempting to retain one. “haven’t spoken to an attorney yet,” Pifer said. “I’m awaiting a call.”
Judge Courrier read the Indictment to Pifer. Under the Indictment, Pifer is charged with one count of malicious assault and faces a possible 2-10 years.
The Indictment further stated the details of the case as being, “bodily injury with intent” that wounded the victim, “by striking him in the head repeatedly.”
“Do you have any questions about what they are saying you did?” Judge Courrier said. Pifer indicated he did not have any questions on the indictment.
Pifer entered a not guilty plea at the Call Back appearance. A copy of the indictment and discovery was given to Pifer at the court and Pifer was instructed to hand over the envelope to his attorney when one is retained. The court said it would work on getting any defense attorney access to any E-Documents filed before the attorney’s retention.
Tucker County Prosecuting Attorney Savannah Hull Wilkins said that bond had been set and posted in the case and that no Criminal Disposition Report was necessary. All bond requirements remained the same, according to Wilkins.
Pifer was instructed to continue to work on getting an attorney. Pifer’s next court appearance is scheduled for December 8. “Mr. Pifer, work on getting an attorney. Stay in touch with them and return on December 8,” Judge Courrier said.
Pifer is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.