The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Police/Courts

January 17, 2013

Man pleads not guilty to 4 murders

SUMMERSVILLE — A Nicholas County man accused of quadruple homicide pleaded not guilty in court Tuesday.

James Roy Belknap, 27, of Leivasy, is suspected of murdering Steven Hendrix, his girlfriend Amber Martin, and Hendrix’s two children Dakota, 6, and Kaylee, 4.

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

Belknap was arrested in May after a three-day search. He waived his right to a preliminary hearing in July.

His girlfriend, Carrie Nelson, 31, was arrested in June and charged with four felony counts of accessory after the fact. She was released on bond.

Wanda Einstein, 48, of Summersville, was also charged with four counts of accessory after the fact and has since been released on $300,000 bond.

Police say Einstein allegedly knew Belknap was wanted in connection with the slayings when she drove him to his home from another residence on May 26.

Mark Haynes, 54, of Leivasy, was charged with helping Belknap as well. He was arrested for obstruction and accessory after the fact and has also been released on bond.

Nicholas County Circuit Clerk’s Office said a trial is set for Belknap on April 16 before Judge Gary Johnson. Belknap is currently being held at Central Regional Jail without bond.

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

1
Text Only
Police/Courts
AP Video
Bon Jovi Helps Open Low-income Housing in Philly Pipeline Opponents Protest on National Mall Hagel Gets Preview of New High-tech Projects S.C. Man Apologizes for Naked Walk in Wal-Mart New Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees Named 'Piles' of Bodies in South Sudan Slaughter New Yorkers Celebrate Cherry Blossom Blooms SCOTUS Hears Tv-over-Internet Case Justice Dept. Broadening Criteria for Clemency Chief Mate: Crew Told to Escape After Passengers 'Miss Meadows' Takes Holmes Back to Her Roots Biden: Russia Must Stop Talking, Start Acting David Moyes Out As Manchester United Manager Raw: Leopard Bites Man in India Iowa College Finds Beauty in Bulldogs High Court to Hear Dispute of TV Over Internet Stowaway Teen Forces Review of Airport Security
CNHI Specials