Wood County Circuit Court hears cases
PARKERSBURG – A man who was convicted in absentia because he left his trial before it was completed was in Wood County Circuit Court for a hearing Tuesday.
Terrance J. McGuirk, 44, in custody at the North Central Regional Jail, appeared for a hearing on a motion for attorney Rolf Baumgartel to withdraw as counsel.
His motion was granted and John Oshoway was appointed to represent McGuirk. His trial was set before Judge Robert Waters for Jan. 22, 2014, case No. 3.
McGuirk was indicted by the May 2013 grand jury on a charge of failure to appear.
According to court records, in January 2013 a jury found McGuirk guilty on three counts of possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine, all felonies.
During the first day of the trial, McGuirk appeared for the start of the trial but left after the jury was selected. He was convicted in absentia.
McGuirk’s indictment on the failure to appear charge stemmed from this incident.
In a second hearing Tuesday, Roger Dale Logston, 40, in custody at the North Central Regional Jail, was granted a dismissal on the charges against him by Waters because the alleged victim cannot be located.
Logston was released from custody. He was indicted by the May 2012 grand jury on two charges of third-offense domestic battery and one count of malicious assault.