State v. Hatfield

In State v. Hatfield, 181 W. Va. 106, 110, 380 S.E.2d 670, 674 (1988), the Court explained that the joinder of offenses promotes judicial efficiency and economy by avoiding needless multiple trials and concluded that joinder is a generally appropriate legal procedure. Even where joinder is proper, however, a defendant may move, as the defendant in the instant case did, for severance of the counts pursuant to Rule 14(a). The decision whether to grant a motion for separate trials pursuant to Rule 14(a) rests in the sound discretion of the trial court. See State v. Hatfield, 181 W. Va. at 110, 380 S.E.2d at 674.