The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

October 18, 2013

Murder suspect likely knew victim, Raleigh sheriff says

By Jessica Farrish
Register-Herald Reporter

— It’s likely the suspect in the Oct. 11 murder of a 77-year-old Dameron man knew his victim, Raleigh County Sheriff’s Department officials reported Thursday.

The sheriff’s office said that the victim, Johnny Nile Condia, had agreed to meet with the suspect, Mickey Roger Daniel Jr., 29, of Edwight.

Although police initially believed that Daniel had acted with an accomplice to carjack Condia’s vehicle, further investigation showed Daniel acted alone, police also reported Thursday.

Daniel had apparently intended to rob Condia when the shooting occurred, according to a press release.

Police reported Daniel shot Condia while the older man was inside his vehicle on Saxon Bolt Road in Arnett. Daniel took Condia’s 2005 Toyota Corolla, leaving Condia lying in the roadway, according to a release.

Condia was transported to Raleigh General Hospital where he later died from his injuries.

The incident remains under investigation.

A preliminary hearing for Daniel will be held Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. before Magistrate Richard Jones.

Daniel is being held without bond at Southern Regional Jail.

— Reporter Wendy Holdren contributed to this report.