Five indicted in separate murder cases in Kanawha County

A grand jury in Kanawha County has indicted five people on separate murder cases, according to local TV affiliate WCHS.

The first indictment was against Vestal Harper, 76, who is accused of shooting and killing Nancy Belcher, 72 in August. Belcher’s body was found August 30 in Charleston with multiple gunshot wounds.

In addition to first-degree murder, Harper was also indicted for presenting a firearm during the commission of a felony and burglary.

Next, Samuel Lee May, 44, of Cross Lanes was charged with first-degree murder of Cynthia Mudd, 71, whose body was found in a freezer in her backyard on August 19. Another man, Arnold Hiller, 47, was previously charged in the same killing, and police think they worked together to kill Mudd.

More indictments

Meeko M. Harris, 23, of Beckley was also charged with first degree murder for shooting James Daugherty, 27, in a parking lot.

Shavan Vondell Collins, 35, was also indicted on a first-degree murder charge in the August 26 shooting death of Dontaze Mosley, 34, of Charleston. A charge of a prohibited person carrying a firearm was also included in the indictment.

Mosley was found in the front yard of a home with gunshot wounds in the arm and chest.

Looking for revenge

Kerry Michael Wiley, 64, of Belle is the fifth person the grand jury indicted for first degree murder.

Wiley allegedly shot his former employer, Ty Hall, 55, of Charleston, in the garage of Hall’s home on August 12 after Hall fired him from a construction job.

Hall died of his wounds.

Next steps

The defendants will be arraigned in various district courts over the next few weeks, according to WV Metro News.

At the time of each arraignment, a trial date will be scheduled.