Evidence delays attempted murder case
HUNTINGTON — Attorneys are working to sort through an abundance of evidence, which includes hundreds of phone calls taken by authorities, in an attempted murder case involving nearly a weeklong manhunt that occurred in Huntington and Barboursville last year.
Jeremy Dale Bartram, 30, of Barboursville, was indicted in November after leading police on a six-day manhunt after he appeared at the home of his ex-girlfriend along Williamsburg Drive in Barboursville on June 20, 2018, and started firing several rounds into her home, injuring three people. He was also charged with shooting at two police officers during their search for him.
The indictment charges him with one count of burglary, three counts of wanton endangerment, three counts of attempting to commit a felony (first-degree murder), one count of fleeing without a vehicle and one count of obstructing a police officer.
When Bartram appeared in court Friday, it was expected that a trial date would be set, but the amount of evidence exchanged between the defense and prosecution has delayed the case.
Defense attorney Abe Saad said he had a meeting with Cabell County Prosecutor Sean “Corky” Hammers in which evidence was exchanged. The exchanged evidence included documents, prosecution reports, pictures, forensic reports, ballistic testing, recorded statements and 400 or more recorded phone calls that took place during the manhunt.
“Obviously I will need time to go over the voluminous items I received with my client,” Saad said.
The sides will return to Cabell Circuit Judge Alfred E. Ferguson’s courtroom at 10 a.m. March 28 to get an update on the case. Hammers said he could also extend a plea offer at that time, Saad added.
After shooting into his ex-girlfriend’s home last June, Bartram allegedly fled the area.
The first confirmed sighting of Bartram was June 25 when someone reported a man living in a tent behind the Pea Ridge Plaza Shopping Center in the 5600 block of U.S. 60 in Huntington, between Pinecrest Drive and Davis Creek Road. A shootout occurred between him and police before he eluded capture.
He is accused of shooting a semi-automatic pistol toward Barboursville Police Officer Bobby Minnix and Cabell County Sheriff’s Deputy Jared Cremeans in the 5500 block of West Pea Ridge Road in Huntington before fleeing into a wooded area west of the location.
The search ended June 26 when officers received a phone call from Bartram’s father, stating his son had appeared at the home wanting to turn himself in. Police believe he was at the home for eight to 10 hours before his capture.
Bartram remains housed at Western Regional Jail in Barboursville on a $1 million bond. Saad did not request a bond reduction at Friday’s hearing.
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