The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

June 4, 2013

UPDATE: Suspect in Monroe murder in custody

Victim's wife also in custody

By Jessica Farrish
Register-Herald Reporter

— State Police captured a suspect late Tuesday afternoon wanted in connection with the murder of a Monroe County man who had been missing for several days.

A police spokesperson said Joshua Neal Hubbard was brought in about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, following a search in Monroe and Greenbrier counties that began Monday and continued throughout the day Tuesday.

The body of the victim, Donald Ray Richardson Jr., 22, of Alderson, was discovered in the woods Monday near his Flat Mountain Road home.

Officials reported that his body showed evidence of multiple gunshot wounds, but it has been sent to the state medical examiner’s office in Charleston for an official determination of the cause of death.

Troopers, assisted by K-9 units, helicopters, Monroe sheriff’s deputies and other local law enforcement were used in the search for Hubbard, 27, of Peterstown, who had last been seen in the Flat Mountain Road area.

According to the criminal complaint filed in Monroe County Magistrate Court, the victim’s wife, 25-year-old Amber Lee Richardson of Alderson, was having an affair with Hubbard, 27.

Police said that on Saturday, Richardson and Hubbard agreed to kill Richardson’s husband “so she could be with Joshua Hubbard.”

Officials said that Richardson — under a plan with Hubbard — sent her husband a text message Saturday, asking him to check the mail.

When Richardson started down his driveway, Hubbard allegedly ambushed him.

Amber Richardson’s father became concerned about his son-in-law and contacted State Police Sgt. C.K. McKenzie at the Union detachment at about 11 a.m. Monday.

He reported that the victim had been missing for several days, according to arrest records.

When troopers arrived at Richardson’s home, Richardson allegedly told police that she wasn’t concerned about her husband’s whereabouts, according to the complaint.

She showed McKenzie a text message from her husband’s phone, stating that he was leaving and that he would contact her once he got settled.

The complaint stated that the victim had left his phone at the residence.

Richardson was taken to the detachment to give further information.

At the station, she allegedly told police that she had helped Hubbard murder her husband.

When police returned to the Richardson home on Flat Mountain Road to search the area, they spotted a man that they believed was Hubbard. The man ran into the woods.

Police encouraged anyone with information concerning Hubbard’s whereabouts to contact their local State Police detachment.

Police located Richardson’s body near an uprooted tree during a search of the area where Hubbard had been spotted. A pile of leaves covered the body.

Amber Richardson was charged with first degree murder and was at Southern Regional Jail Tuesday awaiting arraignment in Monroe Magistrate Court.

— E-mail: jfarrish@register-herald.com