PARKERSBURG - Testimony began Tuesday in the Wood County Circuit Court trial of a man and woman who were charged in the beating of an elderly man in May.
Matthew Edward Depew, 21, and Amber Nicole Pickens, 27, both of Parkersburg, were charged with first-degree robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery. According to police reports, on May 2 Depew and Pickens allegedly beat and attempted to rob Homer Wilson, 79, of Parkersburg.
Wilson testified Tuesday that Depew tried to take his wallet as he was striking him. Wilson said his wallet had $27 inside.
Wilson said he rarely had large amounts of money on him and when he did he was on his way to make a bank deposit.
After the incident in Parkersburg, Wilson said, he did not wait for an ambulance and drove himself to the hospital.
"My (right) eye was swollen shut and my wrist was broken," he said. "I wanted to get some ice on my eye."
Wilson said he also sustained a laceration to the left side of his head that required stitches and spoke to police at the hospital. Wilson said his car was damaged in the incident, citing a bent steering wheel, damage to the upholstery and a broken seat belt bracket.
Assistant Prosecutor Pat Lefebure asked Wilson if he was propositioning Pickens for sex.
"Absolutely not," he said.
Wilson's testimony also denied he had been stalking Pickens and knew where she lived and that he struck Pickens or Depew that day.
According to the criminal complaint, Depew punched Wilson in the face after Pickens got in the car with Wilson and was talking to him. Police said they were posing as potential tenants of an apartment Wilson owns.
Testimony will resume at 9:30 a.m. today before Judge Robert Waters.
In other hearings Tuesday:
* Joseph Scott Durette, 32, 1704 32nd St., Parkersburg, was granted a motion for a continuance to the next court term. Judge J.D. Beane set the new trial date for Oct. 22. Durette was indicted by the May 2013 grand jury on two charges of failure to provide notice of registration changes and one count of failure to provide online information verification.
* Jonathan Evan Valentine, 33, 506 34th St., Apt. 4, Parkersburg, was granted a continuance of his trial to the next court term. Beane set the trial date for Oct. 22. Valentine was indicted by the May 2013 grand jury on two counts of delivery of a controlled substance, heroin.