The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

July 9, 2013

Probable cause found in hearing on hostage case in Wyoming County

By Mary Catherine Brooks
Wyoming County Bureau Chief

PINEVILLE — During a preliminary hearing Monday, probable cause was found on all three charges against Vickie Acord resulting from a June 26 hostage situation at Charlie’s Pharmacy, according to Wyoming County Prosecuting Attorney Micheal Cochrane.

The 40-year-old Jesse resident is facing two counts of kidnapping and one count of armed robbery.

Acord’s case now goes before the grand jury. If grand jurors return a true bill, then the case will move into circuit court for trial, Cochrane explained.

It was an attempted armed robbery that quickly escalated into a hostage stand-off, according to law enforcement officers, but the incident ended without injury.

Acord allegedly held one of the pharmacy employees hostage in a back room for just over two hours before being taken into custody by the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Department and West Virginia State Police.

Circuit Judge Warren McGraw denied bond; Acord will remain in Southern Regional Jail until trial.

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