Dogs and devils

BELINGTON – A Belington man remains incarcerated on a $50,000 cash-only bond after allegedly mutilating three dogs over a period of several months and also attempting to “beat a demon” from his girlfriend during a recent domestic incident.

William Marsh III, 43, was arrested Friday on three felony charges of animal cruelty, one felony charge of first-degree sexual abuse, a misdemeanor charge of domestic battery and a misdemeanor charge of violating a protective order. The incidents allegedly took place between April 12, 2013, and Jan. 16. As of presstime, Marsh remained in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail in lieu of cash bonds of $10,000 per felony and $5,000 per misdemeanor, for a total of $50,000.

According to court records in the Barbour County Magistrate Clerk’s Office, on Jan. 14, Marsh allegedly forced a female victim to engage in sexual acts during a domestic incident. The complaint states that the victim asked Marsh to stop, but he did not.

On the same day, Jan. 14, Marsh also allegedly grabbed his then-girlfriend by the hair and pushed her face up against a mirror, screaming at her and telling her he could see in her eyes that she was possessed, according to the criminal complaint charging Marsh with domestic battery.

Marsh also allegedly grabbed her by the throat in an attempt to “get the demon out” and demanded of her that she look him in the eye. The complaint also states that he threw her on the toilet and hit her in the chest, saying, “Demon be gone.”

Two days later, on Jan. 16, Marsh allegedly attempted to make contact with an alleged victim who had filed a protective order against him. Marsh attempted to do so by having his mother and a friend leave telephone messages for the alleged victim, the complaint states.

According to one of the three animal cruelty complaints on file in Barbour County Magistrate Court, Marsh is accused of shooting his neighbor’s dog with a rifle on Dec. 24, 2013. According to that complaint, the dog ran away yelping, but Marsh allegedly returned to take it away. Afterward, Marsh allegedly wrapped the dog in Christmas decorations, propped it up and took photos of it.

As described in another of the complaints, Marsh allegedly mutilated a dog on April 12, 2013, and then took photos of himself with that dog. Some of his photos allegedly show him wearing the dog’s skin and biting its tongue, the complaint states.

A third complaint states that on Aug. 17, 2013, Marsh allegedly recorded a video of a dead dog that appeared to have been shot in the neck. The video allegedly depicts Marsh mutilating that dog with what appeared to be a machete, according to the complaint.