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4 Men Accused of Malicious Wounding Appear in Monongalia County Court

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Four people accused of being involved in a Morgantown beating appeared in Monongalia County court Tuesday.

Dominick Posillipo, 19, waived his preliminary hearing Tuesday morning in magistrate court for malicious wounding.

Posillipo is charged, along with 4 others, with beating Mathew Tovar on the street in Morgantown.

Prosecutors said the five men were caught on surveillance tape brutally beating Tovar for no apparent reason.

Posillipo's lawyer asked for his bond to be reduced from $500,000 down to $100,000.

Magistrate Saundra Holepit denied the request.

Tyler Garguilo, 19, was also denied bond reduction on his charges related to the assault on Tovar.

He also decided to waive his preliminary hearing.

Both cases will now go to circuit court and be reviewed by a Grand Jury.

Christopher Ascolese, 20 of New York, also waived his preliminary hearing.

The only instate man, Ryan Herbert of Morgantown, waived his rights before his preliminary hearing Tuesday.

The only person not to waive his hearing was Franklin Soto.

The court found that the state had probable cause and his case will move on to the circuit courts.

Soto asked for a bond reduction and modification. The magistrate did not grant the reduction but did modify the bond do a cash-surety.

A second modification allows Soto to leave West Virginia and return home to New York via air transit only.

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