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Kanawha County grand jury indicts five on murder charges
Kanawha County grand jurors indict five people Thursday on murder charges. (WCHS)

Five people were indicted Thursday by a grand jury in Kanawha County on murder charges.

In the first case, Vestal Harper, 76, of Charleston was indicted on a first-degree murder charge in the shooting death of Nancy Belcher, 72, whose body was found Aug. 30 on Lower Donnally Road in Charleston with multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Harper also was indicted on charges of presentment of a firearm during the commission of a felony and burglary.

Meanwhile, Samuel Lee May, 44, of Cross Lanes was indicted on a first-degree murder charge in the death of Cynthia Mudd, 71, whose body was found Aug. 19 in a freezer in the backyard of her home on Saulton Drive in Cross Lanes.

May is also charged with concealment of a deceased human body and fraud and related activity in connection with an access device. Another man, Arnold Hiller, 47, also was charged previously in the case. Kanawha County deputies said the two men were suspected of using her credit card.

In another case, Meeko M. Harris, 23, of Beckley was indicted on a first-degree murder charge in the death of James Daugherty, 27, who was found June 4 with gunshot wounds in a parking lot at Hale Street and Kanawha Boulevard in Charleston. Daughterty later died from his injuries at an area hospital.

Harris also was indicted on a charge of presentment of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

Grand jurors also indicted Shavan Vondell Collins, 35, on a first-degree murder charge in the Aug. 26 shooting death of Dontaze Mosley, 34, of Charleston. Mosley was found shot twice, once in the chest and once in the arm, in the front yard of a home in the 1400 block of Frame Street in Charleston.

Collins also was indicted on charges of prohibited person in possession of a firearm and use of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

Finally, Kerry Michael Wiley, 64, of Belle was indicted on a first-degree murder charge in connection with the Aug. 12 fatal shooting death of Ty Hall, 55, of Charleston. Police said the shooting took place in the garage of Hall’s home on Lancaster Avenue in Kanawha City. Police said Wiley showed up to confront Hall, who had fired him from a construction job.


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