Murder case continued before July hearing

WINCHESTER – A preliminary hearing for a Berryville woman charged with first-degree murder has been continued to a later date. The hearing, previously scheduled for Tuesday in Frederick County General District Court, was rescheduled for Sept. 30.

Frances Charlene Moss-Hopkins, 56, was arrested on June 21 and charged by the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office in the death of Peg Sinclair, 85.

The arrest followed a search for Sinclair, who had been reported missing by her daughter on June 18. According to criminal complaints filed in Frederick County Circuit Court, Moss-Hopkins led law enforcement to the area off of Scottys Gully Road in Romney, West Virginia, where remains were found. An autopsy of the remains is awaiting positive identity.

Moss-Hopkins’ defense attorney is listed as a public defender in online court records.

Documents filed in Frederick County General District Court state that law enforcement requires more time before the case.