Charges held over in homicide case

A Bedford County judge held over charges Wednesday for three suspects in the August homicide of Gary Wayne Shriver, the 50-year-old Maryland man stabbed to death near the state line.

In hearings Wednesday at Bedford County Central Court, homicide and conspiracy charges against Heather Renee Schade, 40, of Bedford; James Antonio Wallace, 29, of Randallstown, Md.; and Devonta Desean Gaines, 22, of Baltimore, Md., were held over, paving the way for a possible trial.

State police charged the three Aug. 5, after Game Commission officers found Shriver’s body near Lake Gordon in southern Bedford County. While police investigated the scene near Shriver’s body, a car containing the three suspects pulled up, then quickly turned away.

Troopers stopped the car and allegedly found blood inside and outside. When they questioned Schade, Wallace and Gaines, the three allegedly offered conflicting stories to explain how they ended up near the murder scene.

Altoona attorney Mark S. Zearfaus, appointed by the court to represent Wallace, said he took issue with some of the testimony police offered Wednesday. So far, he said, police and prosecutors haven’t demonstrated that all three suspects were involved or even present at the time of Shriver’s death.

“I asked, ‘What evidence do you have that my client … killed this individual? That he’s the one that killed him?’ It’s none,” Zearfaus said. “They don’t have any evidence to directly say who killed this individual.”

Schade is represented by Public Defender Karen S. Hickey, while Gaines is represented by court-appointed attorney Anthony Zanoni of Bedford.

The three face one charge each of criminal homicide and conspiracy to commit homicide. While authorities have not offered a definitive motive for Shriver’s death, Bedford County District Attorney Bill Higgins has said drugs likely played a role.

The three suspects remain in Bedford County Prison without the possibility of bail, according to court documents.

Mirror Staff Writer Ryan Brown is at 946-7457.

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