Hearing set for woman charged with murder
ELKINS — The woman alleged to have killed a man during a November shooting before fleeing for roughly two weeks was booked into North Central Regional Jail and a preliminary hearing date has been set in Randolph County Magistrate Court.
Vanessa Faye Logan, 32, of Oakland, Maryland, is charged with one felony count of first-degree murder. She was booked into NCRJ Wednesday and is being held without bail.
A hearing to determine if there was probable cause for her arrest is slated for Dec. 17. It is unclear at this time if she has retained or been appointed an attorney.
According to a criminal complaint filed in Randolph County Magistrate Court, at approximately 12:31 p.m. on Nov. 18, Randolph County 911 dispatched officers to a Gum Road residence, near Elkins, referencing a male individual, later identified as Spencer Christian Zoller, 49, who had “suffered a gunshot wound.”
The caller said Zoller “was in an altercation that left him shot in the upper body.” The alleged shooter fled from the residence in a red Ford Ranger, court documents indicate.
Randolph County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. B.A. Talkington, Cpl. D.D. Pennington and Deputy Z.T. Pingley responded to the residence, assisted by West Virginia State Police and Elkins Police Department. After arriving on scene, officers located three individuals at the residence, one of which was attempting CPR on Zoller, who was lying on his back on the living room couch, the complaint states.
Zoller was unconscious and Pingley observed a gunshot wound on the upper left side of his body. Randolph County EMS personnel attempted CPR on Zoller but he was pronounced dead at the scene. In written statements and interviews, the people at the residence identified Logan as the shooter and said she had become involved in an altercation with Zoller before brandishing a firearm and shooting him once in the upper body, according to the complaint.
At approximately 4:20 p.m. on Nov. 29 , the United States Marshal Service, along with members of the Mountain State Fugitive Task Force apprehended Logan at the Healthy Heights Trailer Court in Monongalia County, according to a Nov. 30 press release from Alex P. Neville, chief deputy U.S. Marshal for the Northern District of West Virginia.
“Deputy U.S. Marshals were able to rapidly establish leads pointing them to Monongalia County in the hunt for the murder suspect,” the release from Neville states. “At approximately 3:30 p.m., Marshals and task force officers established surveillance of a target address within the Healthy Heights Trailer Park, determining Logan was inhabiting the suspect dwelling.”
Logan was apprehended without incident and delivered to local authorities for presentment before a county magistrate, police said.
“The United States Marshals Service is pleased we were able to apprehend this dangerous fugitive in such a short time frame,” Neville said. “The community is now safer than it was with her on the run and justice may now be served.”
Christopher Warren Koch, 32, of Elkins, was arrested on Nov. 27 and charged with one felony count of accessory after the fact. The charge is related to the homicide investigation of Zoller.
Koch is incarcerated at Tygart Valley Regional Jail on a $20,000 cash-only bond, set by Randolph County Magistrate Ben Shepler.
According to a press release from Randolph County Sheriff Mark T. Brady, an investigation by deputies determined Koch was “instrumental” in assisting the murder suspect, Logan, in evading law enforcement for nearly two weeks.
Koch allegedly provided Logan transportation and assisted her with a place to stay to avoid arrest. He further helped her secure items to change her personal appearance in an effort to further avoid detection, the release states.
Text message exchanges between Koch and Logan indicate he gave her a ride to Dollar General Store on the day of the alleged shooting so she could purchase hair dye, police said.
While she was on the run, Koch additionally attempted to provide Logan financial support using Walmart money exchange, according to a criminal complaint filed in Randolph County Magistrate Court.
Officers seized Koch’s cell phone and he allegedly admitted to police he had been in contact with Logan since the incident and attempted to wire her money, police said.