Driving while suspended accused appears in court


Managing Editor

HAMLIN - A man indicted by a Lincoln County grand jury, earlier this year, made his latest appearance in circuit court recently. Spence Lee Woodrum was indicted on a single felony count for driving while suspended for DUI, third offense by the January grand jury.

As reported earlier this year in The Lincoln Journal, Woodrum is said to have committed the offense, for the third time, on Sunday, May 8, 2016. According to the indictment, his license had been revoked for driving under the influence previously with prior convictions dating from September 10, 2012 (Lincoln County) and September 1, 2016 (Cabell County). 

The indictment was based on the information of WVSP Trooper R.N. Grose. Assistant County Prosecutor Jackie Stevens is handling the matter for the state and was present for pre-trial proceedings in circuit court on Friday, March 2, 2018. Chief Circuit Court Judge Jay Hoke is presiding over the case. Woodrum was present in court with his legal counsel, Scott Elswick. The defendant indicated a willingness to waive his right to a speedy trial. In addition, the court heard that discovery obligations were being met by the prosecution.

Judge Hoke set the case, 18-F-12, for further proceedings on Monday, May 21, at 10 a.m. The accused remained free on the previously agreed bond. The hearing lasted less than five minutes and was one of a series of cases called that Friday for pre-trial considerations.