Former Berkeley deputy goes to trial Tuesday for 2nd time

BERKELEY COUNTY, W.Va. — A former deputy with the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Department who’s accused of embezzling guns will be back in court Tuesday.

A jury found Dennis Streets, 54, not guilty of fraudulent schemes in April, but jurors deadlocked on a separate embezzlement charge.

Berkeley County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Tim Helman said they will retry him on that count over the next three or four days in Berkeley County beginning Tuesday morning with jury selection.

“We usually will have a jury around lunch time,” Helman told WEPM Radio in Martinsburg, a MetroNews affiliate. “We do opening statements and then the state begins to call their first witnesses.”

Helman said this will be very similar to the first case, but now they have testimony to introduce from Streets himself.

“Now we have a recorded statement from him.” Helman said. “We kind of know a little bit more of what to expect.”

Helman said he will also introduce evidence showing that the defendant had a motive to embezzle from the sheriff’s department.

Streets was initially accused of taking more than $5,000 in guns from the agency between 2008 and 2013.

He retired from the department as a captain in 2014.

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