Webb pleads not guilty to murder

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Webb watches victim’s family in courtroom

By Becky Barnes

Accused murderer Bass Webb was led into the courtroom Tuesday to answer to the Harrison County charges of first degree murder and persistent felony offender.

Webb, who was chained around his midriff and handcuffed to the chain, stared at the family of Bryia Runiewicz, as he walked toward the judge’s bench.

He entered not guilty pleas to the charges. His attorneys, Dennis Shepherd and Tom Griffiths, asked that the judge intercede at the Fayette County Detention Center and allow Webb’s handcuffs to be removed while meeting with his public defenders.

Harrison County Circuit Judge Robert McGinnis said he did not interfere in the workings of jails unless it directly affected trial preparation.

The public defender countered that the handcuffs made it difficult for Webb to review discovery items. However, McGinnis declined to issue a directive to the Fayette County Detention Center, where Webb has been held since July 31 under a $250,000 bond.

McGinnis set a pretrial hearing for Webb for Nov. 17. No trial date has been established.


For more on Webb's court appearance, see this week's Cynthiana Democrat.