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Allen court date set for end of October

by Geoff Fox

After a February trial date for Everett Allen was cancelled, the man accused of killing a Hancock man in 2021 will finally stand trial. Allen has been charged with the murder of his roommate, Eddie Smith.

According to online court documents, Allen’s trial will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, October 30, and run through Wednesday, November 1, in Washington County Circuit Court.

The trial was initially scheduled for May 2022. It was then rescheduled for February 2023.

In January, the trial was cancelled with no new date scheduled, but a scheduling conference was held on April 24 in Judge Brett Roberts’ chambers.

A “criminal notice of hearing/trial” was issued on May 2.

Allen, 58, is accused of murdering his roommate, 53-year old Eddie Smith, in the early morning hours of March 27, 2021, after the two got into a struggle. Allen alleges he killed Smith because the man had grabbed a knife and attacked him.

Allen is currently incarcerated in Washington County Detention Center in Hagerstown.