A Hagerstown father and his two sons will have a joint trial when their cases are heard next month for charges related to the death of a Frederick County man last year.
John D. Robey, 53, and his sons Jonathan L. Robey, 21, and Thomas J. Robey, 23, all of Hagerstown, are charged with second-degree murder, manslaughter and assault charges in the death of 26-year-old Craig Edward Myers, of Rocky Ridge.
Myers was found unresponsive outside the Crossroads Inn, in the 6600 block of Middleburg Road in Keymar, on the night of Aug. 28, 2011. He died days later at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore from spinal injuries and blunt force trauma to the head.
The state’s trial against the Robeys is scheduled to begin Dec. 10 in Carroll County Circuit Court and is slated for five days.
The scheduling was determined Tuesday in circuit court, as counsel agreed to have the case of the fourth man charged in connection to the death, Michael Jay Grimes, 48, of Woodsboro, heard separately at a date to be determined.
Circuit Judge Michael M. Galloway granted a request by the attorney for Grimes to have the case postponed because the attorney is dealing with a personal matter.
Grimes is charged with manslaughter, second-degree assault and conspiracy to commit second-degree assault.
Several other matters were put on the record Tuesday in the state’s case against the Robeys.
The defense attorneys and state prosecutors agreed the state would not introduce any statements made by the defendants against either co-defendant as evidence.
The parties also agreed the state would not use any prior bad acts of the men as evidence at trial.
Also discussed Tuesday was the non-existence of additional evidence, including any photo lineup identifications by witnesses or physical evidence seized during a search of the defendants or their property.
No other motions are expected to be heard before the Dec. 10 trial.