Berkeley County judge, officials weighing options for paralyzed murder suspect

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A status hearing for the Martinsburg man accused of murder and now bound to a hospital bed began with a discussion of options for the unique case.

Adam Domer, 36, is currently being monitored at the Berkeley Medical Center via ankle bracelet. He is paralyzed from the waist down.


Berkeley County officials discussed Thursday what would be the next course of action if he is discharged from the hospital. Domer requires “long-term” rehabilitation but finding a rehab center to house him in is proving to be tough given his status.

Judge Michael Lorensen stated that if discharged from the hospital, he will be transferred to the Eastern Regional Jail until an arrangement can be made at a rehab facility in the area.

Domer faces murder, malicious wounding and grand larceny charges stemming from a September 2 carjacking incident that resulted in the death of Joan Staubs, 86. State Police records said Staubs was severely beaten and struck with a car door.

Story by WEPM’s Elias McMillan

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