Trial Date Set for Lewis County WV Hunting Death Case

Trial Date Set for Lewis County WV Hunting Death Case

West Virginia DNR
West Virginia DNR

West Virginia – -( The Pennsylvania man charged in the April 27 shooting death of Lewis County hunter Shawn Stewart has been arraigned in the circuit court of Lewis County and will face trial beginning October 30.

After a non-stop investigation by West Virginia Division of Natural Resources conservation officers and the Weston Detachment of the West Virginia State Police, Robert L. Tobias, 59, of Millersburg, Pa., was identified as a suspect in the case. Tobias was indicted by the Lewis County Grand Jury on July 14 on charges of wanton endangerment, negligent shooting, failure to render aid, and involuntary manslaughter. Lewis County Conservation Officer Mike Spangler and State Police Cpl. D.L. Cayton appeared before the grand jury and offered testimony that led grand jurors to determine that there was enough evidence to try Tobias in connection with Stewart’s death.

Tobias was arraigned on the charges July 17 and was released after posting $30,000 cash bond and a $20,000 personal recognizance bond on the charges. A trial date of October 30 has been set before Lewis County Circuit Judge Thomas Keadle. A special prosecutor from Kanawha County will be assigned to present the state’s evidence in the case.

West Virginia Division of Natural Resources
State Capitol Complex, Building 3
1900 Kanawha Boulevard
Charleston, WV 25305-0060
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§61-7-12. Wanton endangerment involving a firearm. Any person who wantonly performs any act with a firearm which creates a substantial risk of death or serious bodily injury to another shall be guilty of a felony, and, upon conviction thereof, shall be confined in the penitentiary for a definite term of years of not less than one year nor more than five years, or, in the discretion of the court, confined in the county jail for not more than one year, or fined not less than two hundred fifty dollars nor more than two thousand five hundred dollars, or both. For… Read more »