The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

June 19, 2014

Arrest made in Bradley bodyshop beating death

By Brandi Underwood
Register-Herald Reporter

— The Raleigh County Sheriff’s Office has charged 34-year-old Don Douglas Dicken of Pax with the murder of Glenn L. Farrow, 47, of Bradley.

Farrow, the owner of People’s Auto Garage in Bradley, was found beaten to death inside his business on May 16.

Dicken was arrested in Pax on Wednesday by troopers with the Oak Hill and Turnpike detachments of the West Virginia State Police along with detectives from the Raleigh County Sheriff’s Office, a press release stated.

Raleigh County Sheriff’s Chief Detective Lt. Larry Lilly told The Register-Herald that Dicken was a suspect fairly early in the investigation, but the investigation took a month to fully develop as detectives worked to gather forensic evidence and witness statements.

Lilly said that the Raleigh County Sheriff’s Office submitted forensic evidence to the West Virginia State Police Forensic Laboratory, and the results were received on Tuesday.

Those results, coupled with witness statements and other evidence gathered over the past month, prompted the Raleigh County Sheriff’s Office to obtain an arrest warrant for Dicken on Tuesday afternoon.

“I’m confident that we have a good amount of evidence in this case,” said Lilly. “The investigation took a month, which is kind of long by some standards, but one thing about a murder case is that you just keep at it.”

Lilly credited Detective Brian Stump as the lead investigator on the case.

Troopers and sheriff’s deputies located Dicken in the Pax area of Fayette County in a vehicle. He was arraigned in Fayette County Magistrate Court and will be lodged in Southern Regional Jail until a bond hearing can be set in Fayette County Circuit Court.

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