News Nugget – Pre-Trial Hearing For Highland Murder Case

A pre-trial hearing was held at the Highland County courthouse  Tuesday, for a Highland youth charged with several felonies, including 1st degree murder, use of a firearm, felony, 1st offense, and two charges of obtaining credit cards. During the motion to suppress hearing, a defense motion to exclude evidence seized and obtained at the Richmond International Airport was denied, as well as a motion to exclude search warrants at the same location. A motion to exclude statements made by the defendant to airport personnel was partially granted. The defense also made a motion for change of venue for the case – final decision on that has been deferred until a hearing on September 12th.  The case is currently scheduled to go to trial in Highland September 25th – 27th.

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Scott Smith

Scott Smith is the General Manager for Allegheny Mountain Radio and Station Coordinator and News Reporter for WVLS. Scott’s family has deep roots in Highland County. While he did not grow up here, he spent as much time as possible on the family farm, and eventually moved to Highland to continue the tradition, which he still pursues with his cousin. Unfortunately, farming doesn’t pay all the bills, so he has previously taken other jobs to support his farming hobby, including pressman/writer for The Recorder, and Ag Projects Coordinator for The Highland Center. He lives in Hightown with wife Michelle and son Ethan. In his spare time, he wishes he had more spare time, especially to ride his prized Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

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