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Runner indicted for murder

February 28, 2012
By Brad Johnson Staff Writer (bjohnson@theintermountain.com) , The Inter-Mountain

A Galloway man accused of beating his ex-wife to death with a baseball bat was indicted by a Barbour County grand jury Monday.

Thomas Charlie Lee Runner, 46, of Galloway, will be arraigned at 9 a.m. Wednesday on the charge of first-degree murder. Runner remains lodged in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail without bond.

According to the criminal complaint, Runner is accused of entering the residence of his ex-wife, Beverly Anne Runner, by removing the air conditioner unit on Oct. 20, 2011. Once inside the residence, Thomas Runner "hit the victim several times in the head with a wooden ball bat until she was dead," according to the complaint.

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Runner was taken into custody after confessing to the crime, officials said. He and the victim had been divorced for approximately one year.

Others indicted Monday by the grand jury included the following:

Stanley Hale "Sonny" Wiseman, 42, of 509 Hall Ave., Belington, was indicted on one count of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, one count of delivery of a controlled substance and one count of conspiracy.

Wiseman was arrested Feb. 13 after the Barbour County Sheriff's Department, accompanied by the West Virginia State Police, executed a search warrant. Marijuana and an assortment of prescription medications were found, according to police. Wiseman is being held in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail.

Darin Clark Blake, 30, of 203 Brandenburg St., Junior, was indicted on charges of unlawful wounding and attempted first-degree sexual abuse.

Nicholas Ray Allen, 25, of Route 76, Rosemont, was indicted on the charge of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.

Kelly Marie Sharp, 35, of 203 3rd St., Junior, was indicted on one count of possession with intent to manufacture a controlled substance, one count of conspiracy and two misdemeanor counts of possession of a controlled substance.

Justen William Shomo, 21, of 203 3rd Street, Junior, was indicted on one count of possession with intent to manufacture a controlled substance, one count of conspiracy, and one misdemeanor count of possession of a controlled substance.

Robert Lee Frederick, 47, of Route 2, Box 163A, Belington, was indicted on the charge of being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm.

Sage Patrick Knight, 19, of Route 2, Box 108D, Philippi, was indicted on charges of breaking and entering and conspiracy.

Chevy Wade McDaniel, 19, of Route 1 Box 259B, Moatsville, was indicted on charges of breaking and entering and conspiracy.

Jerry David Nelson, 35, of 136 S. Walnut St., Apt. 1, Philippi, was indicted on one count of receiving stolen property, one misdemeanor count of receiving stolen property, and two misdemeanor counts of possession of a controlled substance.

William Raymond Shanabarger, 41, of Route 4, Box 303, Philippi, was indicted on six counts of failure to provide notice of change in sex offender registry information.

Joshua Charles Storey, 22, of Bridgeport, was indicted on one charge of failure to provide notice of change in sex offender registry information.

Paul James Thorne III, 37, of 507 Hall Ave., Belington, was indicted on one count of failure to provide notice of change in sex offender registry, second or subsequent offense.

There also were three sealed indictments, each for delivery of a controlled substance.

Arraignment hearings will be held at 9 a.m. Wednesday in the Barbour County Courthouse before Circuit Judge Alan D. Moats.

All defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law.

 
 

 

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