|KINGWOOD MURDER - A man has been arrested for the murder of a woman in Kingwood, police say.
At approximately 8 pm on Tuesday, officers with the West Virginia State Police were called to a home on Pleasantdale Road for an altercation involving a firearm.
While on scene, officers arrested 36-year-old David A. Wilhelm for second-degree murder in the shooting death of 30-year-old Stephanie Weis, according to a press release from the West Virginia State Police.
While on scene, Wilhelm told officers that the victim died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He also claimed that the victim had a handgun and was threatening to kill herself and that he lunged at her in an attempt to take the gun from her. That is when the firearm discharged, Wilhelm told police. During interviews with police, Wilhelmâs, âstatements of the events change several times.â Police say Wilhelm did sustain a gunshot wound to his right forearm.
Inside the house, officers saw a blanket in the hallway. Under the blanket was a deceased female, later identified as Stephanie Weis, with a black garbage bag covering her head and upper torso. The officer saw blood and what appeared to be bloody drag marks that start in the upstairs dining room, go down the steps, and ended where the female victim was found, according to the criminal complaint.
Wilhelm told police that the events happened Sunday, Aug. 8. Wilhelm said that on Monday, Aug. 10, he covered the victim up with garbage bags and drug the victim downstairs.
Police found the firearm under the master bathroom sink. The Kingwood detachment of the West Virginia State Police is investigating.
Wilhelm is currently being held at Tygart Valley Regional Jail.
COWEN SHOOTING - A man has been charged after allegedly shooting a victim in Cowen with a shotgun during an altercation.
On Aug. 9, troopers with the Webster County detachment of the West Virginia State Police received a call through the Webster County 911 Communications Center of a man suffering from a gunshot wound in the area of Leary Lane in Cowen, according to a criminal complaint.
When troopers arrived, they made contact with the victim who was in the driveway of the residence and saw âblood coming from his facial area, chest area, and arm area,â troopers said.
The victim told troopers that George King, 59, of Cowen, had come to the residence, and they became involved in a dispute, during which King âshot him with a single shot, shotgun possibly a 12 gauge,â according to the complaint.
When troopers performed a background check on King, they learned that he was prohibited from possessing a firearm due to a previous felony conviction, troopers said.
King has been charged with attempted murder. He is being held in Central Regional Jail on $100,000 bond.