06/08/2022 - Madison Wine Found Guilty: Expert Claims Wine Didn't Know Fire Was Criminal

Wine has been found guilty for charges of murder, first-degree arson, attempted murder and animal cruelty with the sentence being handed down 27th June. She started a fire on May of 2019, which killed her adoptive parents and three of their pet dogs. Robert and Charolette Taylor, died in the fire at their residence at 72 Spruce St. in Davisville on May 5, 2019.

One of the defense attorneys, J. Morgan Leach, redirected expert witness Dr. Roy Lubit, psychiatrist, who agreed that at the time of setting the fire, Wine could not appreciate that starting the fire was a criminal act. A November court filing indicates Wine’s attorney offered an insanity defense.

The prosecution called both Dr. Timothy Saar, expert witness and psychologist to the stand as well as Deputy State Fire Marshal Jason Baltic. The prosecution entered several psychological reports into evidence, plus more photographs that the Fire Marshall used for his investigation.

In September 2019, Wood County Circuit Court Judge Jason Wharton ruled Wine, who was 16 at the time of the fire, would be tried as an adult.

Seventy jurors who were summoned to Judge J.D. Beane’s court and 12 were selected. Roane County Prosecuting Attorney Josh Downey represented the State of West Virginia, after a motion by the defense was granted to disqualify the Wood County Prosecutor’s Office due to allegations and legal action against former Wood County Sheriff Steve Stephens by a deputy and former deputy who responded to the scene of the fire. J. Morgan Leach and Ryan and Beth Umina represented Wine.

Testimony revealed that Wine responded seven or eight times that she did not know the origin of the fire or how it started and stated she did not start it, before eventually giving a statement that she set the fire. Madison Wine was found guilty of first-degree arson and murder in the deaths of Robert Taylor, 58, and his wife, Charolette, 52, at their Davisville home.