By Drew Moody|
For the Hur Herald
Read more in Gilmer's Mountain Sun
Mary Ann Campbell, 27, of Moundsville, ex-wife of accused murderer
Everett Campbell, and mother of their two children, was arrested late
Wednesday afternoon at the Gilmer County Courthouse.
West Virginia State Police filed a criminal complaint accusing her
of "ATTEMPTED CHILD CONCEALMENT," a felony.
SrTrp R.P. Smith succinctly summed up the charges while Campbell
worked out details of her bond -
"The court gave Everett Campbell full custody of his children, and she was
attempting to take them," he said.
Mary Ann Campbell was in Glenville Wednesday, along with family members,
scheduled to testify in a closed door hearing before the family court
Prior to her arrest, she was at times talkative, other times angry, and
She consistently maintained she was awarded custody of her
children during the divorce proceedings. Both she and her family appear
convinced they have been rail-roaded by the Gilmer County court system.
Threats of lawsuits were mentioned.
Ms. Campbell also said she was Mark Medley's fiancé, prior to his death.
Evidence presented thus far contradicts her custody claims.
During Everett Campbell's bond hearing, Aug 2, Judge Jack Alsop told the
court the defendant was awarded full custody of his children.
State Police investigators say he was awarded physical custody of his
children as well.
Mark Medley's family characterized their son's relationship with the
woman as one of
tenant-landlord, and refuted any notion there were romantic entanglements
between the pair.
Glenville Police Chief John Moss confirmed last week he spoke to Medley
at the Go-Mart about an hour prior to the shooting. Medley asked for
help in getting the children,
telling Chief Moss that Mary Ann Campbell had custody of her children.
Moss told the pair if they could produce official court documents
claims he would do whatever he could. No paperwork was produced.
The Sand Fork incident, that ended Mark Medley's life July 26, began as
an ongoing domestic dispute over the children.
Not long after arriving
in Sand Fork, Campbell drew a gun and fired it in the air telling Medley
He fired again, telling police he intended to shoot Medley in the leg.
struck his mid body cavity. It was a fatal wound.
Campbell is facing first-degree murder charges. Documents indicate
Campbell claims he was threatened and feared for his family's safety.
Police said the victim was unarmed at the time of the shooting.
A source familiar with the case, speaking on the condition of anonymity,
recently there have been ongoing problems between Campbell and his ex-wife
for well over a year.
The continuing investigation has confirmed significant details of the final
minutes prior to the shooting death of Mark Medley.
Everett Campbell's sister, Sue Scott, who had both children in her car,
her former sister-in-law was driving a minivan and attempted to block her in
a downtown Glenville parking lot.
Scott told police she was yelling that she wanted her children.
Additional statements were obtained from Scott's husband. During
interviews with police Mary Ann Campbell described a nearly identical
version of events as other witnesses had.
Police say Mary Ann Campbell also confirmed she was indeed
attempting to take her children.
"She stated she drove from Moundsville, West Virginia, to
Glenville to get her children," the court file states.
Mary Ann Campbell also apparently admitted to police she was
following the Scott vehicle and attempted to block the car in at a
downtown Glenville parking lot.
She and Medley subsequently followed the car containing her
children to Sand Fork, with Everett Campbell following up behind
The shooting apparently occurred not long after arriving in
A call requesting help, perhaps placed by the victim, was made
to the 9-1-1 center just moments prior to the shooting.
West Virginia State Policeman, SrTrp R.P. Smith heard two
gunshots as he left police headquarters to answer the call, a mere
300 yards down the road.
As Mary Ann Campbell's family members attempted to secure
the $50,000 bond, for them the arrest was more evidence they'd
never get a fair shake in Gilmer County.
"She was told (July 26) there was a good possibility charges would
be filed," SrTrp Smith said.
Mary Ann Campbell was released on a $50,000 bond yesterday.
If convicted of the felony charges against her, she faces a jail sentence
of up to three years.