Trial again delayed in 2001 slaying of Montgomery woman
WINFIELD, W.Va. -- The trial of a man accused of a decade-old slaying has been delayed again.David Matthew Little, 35, of Nitro, is charged with first-degree murder in the 2001 death of Montgomery resident Yvonne Suzette Thomas, 41.Putnam County Circuit Judge Joseph Reeder granted Little's attorney, Timothy Lafon, time to "meet with the defendant to prepare," according to court documents.The trial, which has been delayed several times and was to begin April 29, is now set for Sept. 9.
Little was indicted in 2011 while he was incarcerated for conspiracy and attempting to operate a clandestine drug laboratory.In April 2002, Thomas' body was found at Island Creek Road near Tornado. Her body apparently had been carried or dragged across a field to the edge of a wooded area, where it was left in the creek bed, State Police said at the time.Thomas left her father's Cedar Grove residence in July 2001 and walked across the street to have a drink at the End Zone Bar. Hours later, she was seen leaving Shrewsbury's Twin Hills restaurant with a man.That was as far as her family and friends could track her until state troopers confirmed through DNA tests that the body in the creek bed was hers.A State Police spokesman in Huntington said in 2002 that Thomas died of a gunshot wound to the head.