The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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June 13, 2013

3 Beckley men indicted for murder by special grand jury

BECKLEY — During a special grand jury session Tuesday, three Beckley men were indicted on murder charges, according to Raleigh County Prosecuting Attorney Kristen Keller.

Jeremy Ray Edgell, 24, was indicted for  first degree murder for the stabbing death of John Lofton Lilly II on Dec. 17, 2012.

Beckley Police reported that Lilly had been stabbed multiple times following an altercation on South Oakwood Avenue. After being transported to Raleigh General Hospital, Lilly was pronounced dead.

Keller said Edgell is being confined at Southern Regional Jail and he is awaiting arraignment.

A second man, 23-year-old Donald Gray Dunn Jr., was also indicted for first degree murder, as well as an additional attempted first degree murder charge.

Dunn is charged with the shooting death of his stepfather, Mark McDermott, 47, of Stanaford, on May 25. He is also being charged with two counts of use of a firearm, and the attempted first degree murder of his mother, Johanna McDermott.

Raleigh County Sheriff’s Department said the motive remains under investigation and Johanna avoided injury because the small-caliber handgun misfired when Dunn aimed it at her.

Keller said Dunn is being held at Southern Regional Jail and he is awaiting arraignment.

A third man, Michael Joseph Stines, 46, was indicted on a murder charge, of which no degree has yet been specified, for the shooting death of Christopher Ward, 39, of Beaver.

Raleigh County Sheriff Steve Tanner said Ward was found April 18, dead from a single gunshot wound.

After investigation, Tanner said his office elected not to charge Stines with any crime at the time, but Keller said he has now been indicted and arraigned.

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

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