Moundsville man accused of neglecting his mother asks to get out of jail


Paul Wilson, a Moundsville man accused of abusing and neglecting his elderly mother, is hoping to be set free, but it doesn’t appear it will happen anytime soon.

On Wednesday, a judge denied a bond reduction.

In April, the Marshall County Sheriff's Department conducted a welfare check at a home on Capewood Court. Neighbors had notified deputies that a foul smell was coming from the home and they were concerned about their elderly neighbor.

Police found the woman living in deplorable conditions -- with her son. The 83-year-old woman died a week after that welfare check.

On Wednesday, Wilson asked a Marshall County magistrate to let him out of jail on his own personal recognizance or reduce his bond.

"Mr. Wilson would like the opportunity to get out of jail and get a job and pay the house, which is in jeopardy of going into foreclosure,” Defense attorney Michael Baum said.

"It would be better for him to be where he is at and not make the cash bond and stay where he is to be evaluated for mental competency, therefore, the state would object at this point,” Assistant Prosecutor Joe Canestraro said.

That mental competency evaluation has not yet been set in Marshall County Circuit Court.

The magistrate denied his request, and Wilson remains in jail.

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