The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Police/Courts

November 4, 2013

Former Raleigh deputy indicted on new charges after he resigned

SPECIAL GRAND JURY SESSION

BECKLEY — During a special session of the Raleigh County grand jury, three men were indicted, including former Raleigh County Sheriff’s Deputy Lt. Randy Burgess.

Burgess was charged in January with felony child battery, and he was suspended with pay at the Sheriff’s Department.

He was released shortly after his arrest on $10,000 bond.

Raleigh County Prosecuting Attorney Kristen Keller said Burgess resigned from the Raleigh County Sheriff’s Department on July 9 and the new charges came about after his resignation.

Burgess is now being charged with three counts of fraud with an access device, three counts of breaking and entering an automobile, one count of embezzlement and one count of impersonating a law enforcement officer.

He is being accused of breaking into a Sheriff’s Department cruiser, taking the gas credit cards and using them for himself.

Burgess will be arraigned at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday by Judge H.L. Kirkpatrick.

-- Gary Wayne Richmond, 63, of Hinton, was also indicted by the special jury.

He is being charged with the attempted first degree murder of State Police Cpl. J.D. Cooper, wanton endangerment and obstructing an officer.

Richmond’s charges stem from an incident in June when Cooper responded to a complaint of a man shooting in the River Road area near Hinton.

According to police reports, Cooper knocked on the front door and when Richmond opened the door, he was holding a revolver. Cooper ordered Richmond to put down the weapon, but Richmond fired and narrowly missed him.

Richmond retreated into his residence for a moment, then came back out and attempted to shoot Cooper, police reported, but Cooper returned fire and shot Richmond, who went back inside and collapsed on the floor.

Richmond was flown to Charleston Area Medical Center for treatment for a gunshot wound to his chest/abdomen area. Cooper did not receive any serious injuries.

Richmond will be arraigned before Kirkpatrick at 1 p.m. Tuesday.

-- Dennis D. Lilly, 29, of Eccles, will also be arraigned Tuesday for 29 counts of breaking and entering at mobile homes and camper trailers around Lake Stephens.

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