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Marlinton man arrested for double homicide

On Behalf of | Sep 2, 2021 | Criminal Defense

Since April 2 of last year, the Greenbrier County Sheriff’s Department, West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s office and the West Virginia State Police have been investigating the supposed murder of two Ronceverte residents. Now, the police claim that they have made an arrest in that double homicide.

The alleged murder

Back in April of last year, on Fullen Cemetery Road in Ronceverte, West Virginia, two locals were found dead in their home. The home was completely destroyed by fire, and the bodies were found after the fire was extinguished. Initially, the authorities did not know whether foul play was involved, but they have since released that the couple was murdered before the fire, and the fire was allegedly an attempt to cover up the double homicide.

The arrest

According to Greenbrier County Sheriff, Bruce Sloan, the 39-year-old Marlinton man was arrested last Saturday in Pocahontas County. Reportedly, the arrest was made without incident, and he now faces first-degree murder charges for both homicides. He is being held without bond at the Tygart Valley Regional Jail.

The investigation

The GCS claims that this arrest was made after a lengthy investigation that has taken nearly a year and a half. Though, it is unclear why they believe the man committed the murder. According to family members, they are not familiar with the person, and were just informed that the man was arrested without any further details. As the home was at the end of a dead-end street, far away from Marlinton, it is also unknown how anyone unfamiliar with the family or the area would have even knew that home was there.

After being arrested

For Charles Town, West Virginia, residents that face criminal prosecution, it is key to not speak with the police or prosecutors without an attorney. Remember, their entire job is to get a conviction. This is why, once the handcuffs come out, the accused should immediately and continually ask for their attorney.