Bail denied man charged in death of Pa. waitress Burned body found on farm at Harney

January 22, 1993|By Bill Talbott | Bill Talbott,Staff Writer

James Howard VanMetre, who is charged here in the 1991 murder of a 28-year-old Gettysburg, Pa., mother of two, was held without bond yesterday by Circuit Court Judge Francis M. Arnold.

Van Metre, who waived extradition from a Camp Hill, Pa., correctional institution to Carroll County, was not in the courtroom during the bail review hearing yesterday.

Assistant Public Defender Martha Ann Sitterding, thdefendant's lawyer, recommended that VanMetre be held without bond pending trial.

VanMetre, 35, of East Berlin, Pa., is charged in the murder oHolly Ann Blake, a waitress in Gettysburg, who disappeared on Sept. 26, 1991.

Her charred remains were found on a Harney farm in Octobe1991.

No trial date has been set. But VanMetre will be held here pending trial.

He was convicted in Pennsylvania on unrelated rape ankidnapping charges and is awaiting sentencing, but has filed motions to overturn the verdicts.

It is likely that he would be sent back to Pennsylvania for court hearings and sentencing while he is in custody here, officials said.

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