Man charged with malicious wounding


ELKINS — A Randolph County man is behind bars after allegedly striking a female with a two-by-four.

Kyle Jordan Howard, 22, of Mill Creek, is charged with one felony count of malicious wounding. He is incarcerated at Tygart Valley Regional Jail on a $75,000 cash or property bond, or a 10 percent cash, 90 percent personal recognizance bond, set by Randolph County Magistrate Rob Elbon.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Randolph County Magistrate Court, on June 6 West Virginia State Police Cpl. S.P. Miller received a notification from a registered nurse at Davis Medical Center regarding a female individual who was in the emergency department with injuries from a domestic altercation.

The nurse said the alleged victim told her Howard had “beat her with a 2×4 (sic) with a nail in it.” She added the alleged victim did not want to pursue charges. Miller was also advised the alleged victim was approximately 21 weeks pregnant, court documents indicate.

Miller contacted Elkins Police Department Patrolmen D.T. Sayre and asked if he could go photograph any evidence of injuries and possibly obtain a statement. Sayre said the alleged victim would only verbally advise him Howard “beat her with a 2×4 (sic) with a nail” but declined to provide a recorded or written statement, the complaint states.

Sayre took several photographs showing “severe injuries” to the alleged victim’s entire body, including her face, arms, legs and back, police said. The alleged victim was then transported to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown for treatment.

The crime is alleged to have occurred at a residence located on the Back Road near Mill Creek, according to the complaint.

If convicted, Howard could be sentenced to not less than two nor more than 10 years in the state penitentiary.