A Clendenin Man’s Murder Trial is Set for October

The trial has been scheduled for a Clendenin man accused of murdering a 77-year-old woman on Charleston’s West Side and then committing various crimes including attacking an officer with an antique iron. Joshua Drennen will be on trial beginning at 9 a.m. Oct. 26. Drennen is charged with first-degree murder, attempted murder of a police officer and first-degree robbery. In February, Charleston police said Drennen killed Barbara Steele inside her home on the city’s West Side. Police said Drennen then carjacked someone, attempted to carjack another person and then beat Charleston police officer Terrence Casto with an antique clothing iron. Drennen previously was deemed not competent to stand trial, but attorneys said he could regain competency.