2017-10-12 / Front Page

Needmore Man Guilty In Drug Death


A Fulton County Court of Common Pleas jury found a Needmore man guilty of drug delivery resulting in death and delivery of a controlled substance following a two-day trial Thursday and Friday in McConnellsburg.

Marty William Maness, 54, Needmore, was found guilty on both counts in the March 30, 2016, death of John Murray after he used heroin supplied by the defendant. He was represented by attorneys John J. Mooney III and Shawn M. Stottlemyer. Fulton County District Attorney Travis L. Kendall represented the commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Maness was immediately remanded into custody following the verdict.

Judge Angela Krom stated in her court order, “Based on the Court’s determination that the defendant presents a danger to this community, based on the offenses with which he has been convicted, the Court will revoke his bail and remand him to the custody of the sheriff at this time.”

Pennsylvania State Police brought charges against Marty Maness following the death of Murray at 8926 Thompson Road, the defendant’s home.

Police determined Murray’s death was due to shooting heroin and fentanyl and brought charges following a 911 call at 6:17 p.m. for an unresponsive male. According to affidavit of probable cause, Needmore EMS and fire company personnel were already on the scene when police arrived and were attempting to revive the victim.

Trooper Bradley Huff, who interviewed Maness at the scene, stated in the affidavit of probable cause that “I asked Maness what happened and he related John (victim) came to his house with two other persons. He related John was complaining of being sick and wasn’t feeling good. He related they were all hanging out and John passed out and stopped breathing.”

At the time Maness denied using heroin or any kind of drugs.

Fulton County Coroner Berley Souders pronounced Murry dead at 7:17 p.m. A search warrant executed at the residence turned up multiple pieces of drug paraphernalia, including short cut straws and hypodermic needles.

Sentencing was set for Tuesday, Oct. 31, at 9 a.m. Judge Krom ordered the Fulton County Probation Department to prepare a full presentence investigation report to assist the court with sentencing.

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