POINT PLEASANT — The courtroom of Mason County Circuit Court Judge David Nibert was packed to capacity Friday morning and included the trio accused in the Rene Gonzalez murder, as well as Mason County Sheriff David L. Anthony, II and Mason County School Board Member Teresa Warner.
Receiving murder and conspiracy indictments in the Gonzalez case were Steven L. Adkins, 25, Apple Grove, Chad W. McCallister, 30, Apple Grove and Matthew C. Woods, 25, Gallipolis Ferry. The trio, who were in custody, appeared before Nibert who set arraignment dates for all three men at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 11. Nibert also asked Adkins to complete the form regarding his eligibility to receive appointed counsel. Gonzalez was found shot to death on his porch at his home in Gallipolis Ferry back in July.
Anthony, 42, Point Pleasant, who has not been seen at the Mason County Courthouse since his arrest, also appeared before Nibert with his Attorney Michael Shaw, Jr. Shaw said though he was currently representing Anthony, Anthony indicated to him he was seeking alternative counsel and as such this alternative counsel would be presiding over the upcoming arraignment which Nibert set for 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 11. Nibert consulted with Mason County Prosecuting Attorney Damon Morgan about Anthony’s previously posted bond. Morgan had no objection to, or further comment on, Anthony’s existing bond and therefore the sheriff remains released on that bond.
Anthony has been indicted for wanton endangerment, child neglect creating risk of injury, domestic assault, shooting near a dwelling, fraudulent scheme, 19 counts embezzlement and 18 counts unauthorized use of government purchasing card.
Warner, of Point Pleasant, appeared with her Attorney Michael Shaw, Sr. with Nibert setting a hearing date for 9 a.m., Feb. 3 with Mason County Circuit Court Judge Tom Evans. Special Prosecutor Mark Sorsaia, who is also the Putnam County Prosecutor, said he had no objection to, or further comment on, the previously posted bond for Warner and she remains released on that bond. Warner was indicted on six counts of bribery of public official in relation to charges that allege she sold GEDs to some Mason County residents when she was a GED instructor.
Also on the docket, Standley Greene, 43, Charleston, who was indicted for sexual imposition on an incarcerated person. His arraignment date was set for 10:45 a.m., Jan. 11 and he’ll be represented by the Forbes law firm of Charleston. His bond has been set at $5,000. Greene, who was a former educational instructor at the Lakin Correctional Center, was arrested back in 2008 for allegedly having sexual intercourse with an inmate.
The purpose of Friday’s hearings was to allow those named in the recent grand jury indictments an opportunity to receive information on those indictments and to arrange arraignment dates. Then, at the arraignment, the defendant is called to plead to the charges in the indictment they received on Friday.