Arson case going to grand jury

ELKINS — Probable cause for the arrest of a Randolph County man accused of setting fire to a camper belonging to his family was ruled to have been met.

Marty Ray Price, 35, of Elkins, is charged with one felony count of first-degree arson. He remains incarcerated at Tygart Valley Regional Jail on a $75,000 cash-only bond, set by Randolph County Magistrate Ben Shepler.

The ruling means Price’s case will be bound over to the Randolph County Circuit Court for presentation to a grand jury and possible indictment.

Randolph County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Leckta Poling represented the state while Price appeared with Morris Davis as defense counsel. Shepler presided.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Randolph County Magistrate Court, Sheriff’s Office Deputy E.R. Canfield II received a call regarding a reported arson involving a camper and carport next to a Ward Road residence in Elkins.

The callers told police Price came to the home and was in violation of a protective order that doesn’t expire until Oct. 29. While at the residence Price became “more and more belligerent” and threatened the lives of both callers, the complaint states.

Price also told the callers they were “no good” and he was “going to do what he needed to do” before going to the basement of the home, grabbing a propane torch and running toward the camper that sits outside the home beside a wooden carport, according to the complaint.

Minutes after Price went into the camper it “erupted into flames,” court documents indicate. Fire officials responded to the scene but the camper was deemed a total loss. The damages are estimated to be $3,500 and a propane tank was discovered on the floor of the camper, the complaint stated.