Jury will hear of prescription pill use
WHEELING – Prosecutors are expected to tell a jury next week that Melody Fisher’s prescription drug use motivated her to participate in the attempted armed robbery of the Elm Grove Pharmacy in which her co-conspirator, Kevin Walnoha, was shot and killed.
Fisher, 41, of Beech Bottom is charged with first-degree robbery and conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery. Her trial begins Wednesday in Ohio County Circuit Judge James Mazzone’s courtroom.
Mazzone ordered this week that the portion of Fisher’s recorded interview with West Virginia State Police Cpl. James Dean regarding her prescription drug use may be played during the trial. In that interview, Fisher tells Dean doctors prescribed her a number of drugs, including Opana, Oxycodone, Klonopin, Soma and methadone.
Mazzone ruled the information is more probative than prejudicial, as Fisher’s attorney, Edward Gillison, argued. The jury is to only consider that information as motive for the crime, not as evidence for a conviction.
Mazzone also will permit the prosecution to amend its indictment against Fisher, specifying use of a firearm during the robbery.
Gillison presented his witness list to the Circuit Clerk’s Office on Wednesday. It is comprised of Hans Fisher Sr., Bernice Henry and Ronda Mitchell-McAdams. The two former testified earlier this month that they believe the latter posed as Melody Fisher on Facebook and contacted a pharmacy employee.
They contended Mitchell-McAdams was trying to get Melody Fisher thrown back into jail as revenge for an affair she was having with Mitchell-McAdams’ husband. Mitchell-McAdams did not testify at that hearing.
Hans Fisher is married to Melody Fisher, but he was previously married to Mitchell-McAdams, who is Melody Fisher’s biological sister. Mitchell-McAdams’ husband, Terry McAdams, was previously married to Melody Fisher. Bernice Henry is Melody Fisher’s cousin, as well as her adoptive sister.