12/30/2017- Kenneth Leroy McCoy, Jr. is now charged with one count of murder, in the death December 11 of Penni Curtiss.|
McCoy, a former Spencer resident, was charged with cruelty to animals in a satanic rite, among other charges in that community a few years ago.
Co-defendant Jessica Roberts, was also arraigned on murder charges.
12/17/2017 - A man wanted in connection to a Parkersburg murder was arrested in Roane County in 2007, charged with cruelty to animals after he cut the head off a cat and used it in a satanic ritual.
Parkersburg Police say Kenneth Leroy McCoy, 33, and Jessica Nicole Roberts, 25, wanted in connection to the murder of Penni Jo Curtiss, 53, have been arrested in Illinois.
According a press release, the murder took place in a home on Tygart Street in Parkersburg. During the investigation, police discovered Curtiss' silver 2010 Chrysler Town and Country was missing.
McCoy has an active warrant for parole violation and has a long criminal history. Police said he should be considered armed and dangerous.
McCoy was 23 in 2007 when he was arrested in Roane County, in addition to the dismemberment of a cat used in a ritual, he was also charged with a hate crime for posting a threatening note on the door of a neighbor who was of mixed race.
The 2007 news report said the disemboweled cat, with its feet bound, was in a pool of blood. It was in the center of a pentagram, an inverted five-pointed star sometimes associated with satanic rituals, which had been spray-painted on the concrete floor of a shelter near Spencer. Nearby restrooms had also been spray-painted with satanic symbols.
Police said McCoy obtained the black cat from an ad in a local trading publication and had allegedly committed similar acts in Kentucky.
McCoy, who drove a car covered painted with satanic symbols, lived in a downtown apartment near a woman of mixed race.
The hate crime charge alleges that he posted a threatening note on the woman's door that included several racial references.