ELKINS – The pre-trial conference, jury selection and trial dates were set Thursday in Randolph County Circuit Court for a Buckhannon woman who has been indicted for first-degree murder.
Vanessa Logan, 32, of Buckhannon, was previously indicted on one count of murder, a felony, connected with the November 2018 fatal shooting of Spencer Zoller in Crystal Springs. Appearing with her at Thursday’s hearing was her co-defendant, Christina Arlene Wolford, 30, of Elkins.
A pretrial hearing was set for 9 a.m., January 27, 2020. Jury selection is slated for February 11, 2020 with trial dates scheduled for February 12, 13 and 14, 2020 for Logan and Wolford.
Logan is currently housed at Lakin Correctional Center while Wolford is an inmate in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail.
Wolford, who is slated to stand trial along with Logan on a joint indictment, was indicted by a Randolph County Grand Jury June 25 on one count of accessory after the fact to murder; one count of child neglect creating risk of serious bodily injury or death; and one count of knowingly keeping or maintaining a dwelling, building or other structure or place for the purpose of using or selling controlled substances.
Wolford pleaded not guilty to these charges when she appeared in Randolph County Circuit Court on July 1 and on Thursday, she waived her right to a speedy trial. During the July 1 hearing, it was ordered that a mental competency evaluation be completed. That evaluation has been scheduled but has not yet been completed.
The U. S. Marshals Service arrested Logan in late November 2018 after she was suspected of fatally shooting Zoller, 49, in the Crystal Springs area of Randolph County earlier in the month. She was apprehended at a trailer park about 15 miles from Morgantown.
According to Randolph County Sheriff Mark Brady, Zoller was found dead from a gunshot wound at a residence on Gum Road in Elkins Nov. 18. Logan allegedly fled the scene prior to the arrival of law enforcement; however, Brady had said there were several other individuals at the residence who spoke with law enforcement.
A previous My Buckhannon story said the sheriff’s department believed the shooting was drug related. In December, Randolph County Magistrate Robert Elbon set bond at $150,000 cash-only for Logan.