(01/24/2001)
By Dianne Weaver

A Gilmer County man convicted of murder has attempted to hang himself in Huttonsville Correctional Center. Craig Craft, 36, was found guilty of second degree murder in the shooting death of John P. Shock of Normantown, February, 1996. Prison officials said Craft is in critical condition at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown.

Craft tried to hang himself Monday in a janitor's closet. Warden Bill Haines said Craft got out of bed after a 3:01 a.m. bed check, got a chair and took it to a closet. He tied an extension cord around his neck, kicking the chair away, according to Haines. He was discovered fourteen minutes later during another bed check.

Craft killed the Normantown man with a .44 Magnum, shooting him in the back of the head at a close range of 3-4 feet.

Shock's body was discovered between Point Pleasant WV and Racine, Ohio on the WV side of the river, by a bargeman passing by, about 3 months after the shooting.


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