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August 3, 2013

Plea agreement says charges against family, friends won't be pursued

Quadruple murder

In James Roy Belknap’s plea agreement with Nicholas County Prosecutor James Milam, the state has agreed not to pursue charges of accessory against his family and friends.

Belknap pleaded guilty Wednesday to four counts of first degree murder in the slayings of Steven Hendrix, his girlfriend Amber Martin, and Hendrix’s two children, Dakota, 6, and Kaylee, 4.

Police reported that the victims, who were allegedly killed because of a drug debt dispute, were shot to death, stripped naked and their bodies were dumped less than a mile from Belknap’s residence.

Belknap was arrested after a three-day search and three individuals, his girlfriend, Carrie Nelson, 32, Wanda Einstein, 49, of Summersville, and Mark Haynes, 54, of Leviasy, were all arrested and charged with accessory after the fact.

However, now that Belknap has entered into a plea agreement, the state will not pursue prosecution of charges pending against Nelson, Einstein and Haynes.

The state also agrees not to pursue prosecution of charges, except capital offenses, against Susan Belknap as a result of the defendant’s crimes.

The plea agreement also stipulates that Belknap must pay restitution to the families of the victims.

Belknap will be sentenced Aug. 28 at 3 p.m. in Nicholas County Circuit Court.

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

 

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