Joseph Spencer set for pre-trial hearing

WEST UNION – Dates for a pre-trial hearing and a trial have been set for a 17-year-old Doddridge County youth charged with the murder of three family members.

Joseph Spencer, charged with killing his parents, Fred and Dixie Spencer and younger sister, Patience “P.J.” Spencer, on Sept. 3, will be in court at 2:30 p.m. March 22 for a pre-trial hearing, according to court records.

Doddridge County Circuit Court Judge Tim Sweeney set Spencer’s trial for April 8 during arraignments on Tuesday. Last year the court granted a state’s motion to try Spencer as an adult. Spencer remains in custody.

According to police reports, Spencer called Doddridge County 911 to report he had shot them with his father’s 9mm handgun at their home near West Union.

Doddridge County Deputy Sheriff C.W. Modesitt responded to the call. Modesitt said when he arrived he apprehended Spencer and placed him in the cruiser.

Also arraigned Tuesday was Jerrel Jacob Jones, 19, of Parkersburg. He was indicted by the grand jury on three counts of imposition of sexual intercourse on an incarcerated person. Jones was a corrections officer at the North Central Regional Jail. His pre-trial motions hearing was set for 4 p.m. March 19 and his trial was tentatively set for April 8.