The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Police/Courts

May 23, 2013

Murder trial to begin this August

A trial for a man accused of murdering a family of four last May has been set for Aug. 13 at 9:30 a.m. before Nicholas County Circuit Court Judge Gary Johnson.

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

Belknap waived his right to a preliminary hearing in July and entered a not guilty plea Jan. 15. His trial was initially set for April 16.

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

Belknap was arrested after a three-day search and his girlfriend, Carrie Nelson, 31, was arrested and charged with four counts of accessory after the fact. She was released on $300,000 bond.

Wanda Einstein, 48, of Summersville, was also charged with four counts of accessory after the fact and was 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.

Belknap remains at Central Regional Jail without bond.

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

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