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McCauley trial delayed until September

The murder trial of Andy McCauley Jr. that was to start this coming Monday, April 26,  in Morgan County Circuit Court has been delayed until September 27. The decision to postpone the trial came during a pre-trial hearing in Circuit Court on Thursday, April 22. Courthouse sources said the trial postponement was tied to exposure of a primary person in the trial to an individual who tested positive for COVID-19.

Attorneys had, less than a week prior, selected a jury of Morgan County residents to hear the case. Seating a local jury has been a point of argument between the Prosecuting Attorney and McCauley’s defense team for more than a year.

Morgan County Circuit Clerk Melanie Shambaugh confirmed the trial change and said jurors who were selected to hear the trial will be notified of the postponement and will return to the jury pool for the remainder of this court term, which ends on July 6. That means attorneys will draw from a different jury pool for a September trial.

McCauley faces charges of murder and concealing a deceased human body in connection with the disappearance and death of Berkeley Springs teen Riley Crossman in May 2019. He has been incarcerated on the charges since his arrest in Berkeley County on May 16, 2019.



  1. George Miller on April 23, 2021 at 3:13 pm

    Sad business the delays cause more anguish for the victim’s loved ones . Nothing can sooth the pain of loss . Justice is patient and will wait.

  2. Heather on April 24, 2021 at 3:48 am

    They need to get this trial over. So that poor girl can Rest In Peace. And the family and friends that actually loved and cared for her can move on. It’s drug out to long already.

  3. Bibi hahn on April 24, 2021 at 7:57 pm

    I just pray that people on social media stop being so nasty and judgmental. Most of them don’t know the family, but feel it’s their business to act like experts on their actions. Consider how awful it would be for a child of the families to stumble across these vicious comments on Facebook, how those comments could be used to bully. This must be an excruciating ordeal for all involved, including for the defendant’s family.Lets let justice do its job, and move on, making sure our own lives are clean before condemning others.

  4. Gary Thompson on April 25, 2021 at 3:12 pm

    Justice should be patient so there is no doubt about a fair trial. That said, this young man is as guilty as one can get! He should be severely punished as in many long years in jail! No death sentence for him! To quick and over. Long hours and days with no human contact much more appropriate in my not so humble opinion.

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