James Glenn Cross Jr., 33, of Kearneysville, W.Va., is charged with murder in the death of Jackson, 21. Incarcerated since April 29, Cross was being held in Eastern Regional Jail without bond before appearing before 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge Christopher C. Wilkes on Monday for the bond motion hearing.
In a separate hearing Monday, Wilkes reduced the $100,000 cash-only bond for co-defendant Thomas Anthony Grantham to a $100,000 cash or surety bond. Even if bail is posted for Grantham’s release, “suitable” home confinement arrangements would still have to be in place, Wilkes ruled.
Grantham, 35, of Martinsburg, is charged with malicious wounding of Jacques Taylor and attempted murder in Jackson’s death. The incident happened in the 1900 block of Rock Cliff Drive near Martinsburg.
Cross and Grantham were still incarcerated Monday night at Eastern Regional Jail, according to court records.
In Monday’s hearing, defense attorney Sherman Lambert told Wilkes that Grantham’s arrest in Ohio should not be viewed as evidence that Grantham is a flight risk because he had planned to go there for a spring break trip before the stabbing happened.
Lambert said Grantham was enrolled at Blue Ridge Community and Technical College at the time, and noted the defendant’s family ties to the community, which includes his three children and his father, who the attorney said is willing to allow his son to stay with him.
Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Gregory K. Jones argued against the modification of Grantham’s bond, noting that the defendant’s criminal record includes two prior felony convictions, three charges of failure to appear and other offenses.
Jones noted Cross also has two prior felony convictions.
Evidence of the pending felony charges against the two men is expected to be presented to a grand jury in circuit court for indictment since a Berkeley County magistrate found sufficient evidence to proceed after a preliminary hearing in June.