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Hearing Postponed For Man Charged With Murder In 1999
Written by Andrew Havranek
Last updated on August 07, 2014 @ 5:52PM
Created on July 18, 2014 @ 11:00AM
 
 
UPDATE 7/24/2014 1:30 PM
 
According to the Lewis County Prosecuting Attorney's office, the motion hearing to dismiss murder charges has been delayed, and a new judge will be named to the case.
 
Last week, Joseph Metz pleaded not guilty to killing his mother and grandmother in 1999, but his attorneys asked for charges to be dismissed, as they claim there are defects in the indictment.
 
Stay with 5 News for the latest in this case.
 
7/18/2014
 
A man charged in connection to a 14 year old missing persons case has entered a plea to murder charges.
 
Joseph Metz pleaded not guilty on Friday morning to two counts of first degree murder.  Jury selection will take place on October 20th.
 
Metz, along with Charles Freeman, was indicted by a Lewis County Grand Jury in the murder of Metz' grandmother, Maxine Stalnaker, and his mother, Mary Friend. They disappeared in December 1999, and their bodies were never found.
 
On Friday, the defense asked the court to dismiss Metz' indictment. The motion will be heard on July 24th. A motion for bail was denied.
 
A third man, David Hughes, was originally arrested with the pair on the murder charges last September. After his second arrest, he attempted to enter a Guilty plea to conspiracy to commit an armed robbery.
 
Charles Freeman was also in court Friday morning. His arraignment is set for July 30. Reports indicate that Freeman was arrested for a second time in Ohio this week for the murders.
 
Stay with 5 News and WDTV.com for any updates.
 

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