Burner case headed to grand jury, special prosecutor named

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PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - UPDATE: 8/21/2019 11:30 A.M.

Ritchie County Prosecuting Attorney Sam Rogers will present the case of Carl Cecil Burner III, accused of threatening Wood County Court officials in June.

That's because one of those threatened was Wood County's prosecutor, Pat Lefebure.

The case was bound over to the Wood County grand jury Tuesday at a preliminary hearing in magistrate court.


Update: 8/14/2019 7:00 P.M.

Burner has court cases dating back to 2001, according to circuit and magistrate court records. He had two cases in circuit court for which plea agreements were reached, in 2001 and 2006. He unsuccessfully sought to have those cases reconsidered.

The most recent charges, in magistrate court, include fleeing from a police officer, and knowing and intentionally possessing a controlled substance without a valid prescription.

Those cases were resolved earlier this year, with pleas were entered and jail sentences were handed down.


8/13/2019

Authorities have arrested a Parkersburg man accused of threatening two Wood County judges and the county’s prosecuting attorney.

Carl C. Burner III, 38, is in the North Central Regional Jail on a $10,000 bond accused of threats of terroristic acts for allegedly calling Wood County Circuit Court in June and threatening judges J.D. Beane, Jason Wharton and Prosecuting Attorney Pat Lefebure.

According to a complaint in Wood County Magistrate Court, Burner said he was “sick of the games and was going to start taking people out.” He also threatened to “take out anyone else who wanted to lie.”

Wood County sheriff’s deputies arrested Burner on Sunday, and authorities have not released additional details about the investigation, including why Burner may have made the threats.