Commonwealth Attorney Files Motion to Disqualify Public Defender
24 March 2017 News
On Thursday, March 23, Frances Charlene Moss-Hopkins appeared in Frederick County Circuit Court with her public defender Tim Coyne. Commonwealth’s Attorney Andrew Robbins has filed a motion to disqualify Coyne as Moss-Hopkins attorney saying there is a conflict of interest as Coyne’s office has previously represented potential witnesses. Moss-Hopkins, a Berryville caregiver, is accused of the first degree murder of 85 year old Peg Sinclair.
On June 18, 2017, Sinclair was reported as missing from her home in Frederick County. On June 21 her dismembered and charred body was found in Romney, WV.
Judge N. Randolph Bryant is expected to rule on the matter at a hearing scheduled for April 12.
Moss-Hopkins is currently being held at the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center. A trial date is yet to be set.