Two men whom police believe were involved in a murder-for-hire plot in Upshur County were bound over to the circuit court following hearings Monday in Upshur County Magistrate Court.
Jesse Lee Heater, 28, of Buckhannon, and Robert Eugene Siron III, 30, of Weston, are both facing first-degree murder charges in the death of 29-year-old Joshua Oberg. While Siron waived his right to a preliminary hearing, Heater appeared before Magistrate Juanita Adams.
Heater's attorney, James Hawkins, objected to having West Virginia Trooper Dennis Cayton testify, arguing that he and Heater had not been afforded the opportunity to listen to the audio recording of Siron following his arrest in Marion County on July 24, the day after Oberg's body was discovered in a shallow grave along Bull Run Road.
Hawkins contended that he could not effectively question Cayton during cross-examination because he only knew of Cayton's testimony and not the entirety of Siron's statement to police.
Cayton testified that Siron said that he and Heater got together on Jan. 23 with Oberg to go drinking and partying. Cayton testified that the three purchased beer at a local convenience store and headed to a remote area in the eastern part of Upshur County.
Once there, Siron stated that Heater produced a gun, shot Oberg one time and then stabbed Oberg. Siron stated that he had no knowledge that Heater planned to kill Oberg.
Cayton testified that Siron stated that he and Heater then loaded Oberg's body into a pickup truck, drove to the Buckhannon Lowe's store to purchase a shovel and then traveled to a remote location in the western end of Upshur County to dispose of the body.
Cayton also testified that Siron's statement indicated that Siron and Heater went to a restaurant the next day where Rodolpho Correa Villagomez was working. Cayton testified that the statement indicated Heater went behind a bar and received an envelope of money from Villagomez. Siron and Heater left the restaurant, and Heater later gave Siron $500, saying "this should be enough to keep your (expletive) mouth shut." Siron's statement indicated he had never had any conversations with either Heater or Villagomez about killing Oberg.
Villagomez is being held in the Tygarts Valley Regional Jail without bond and is charged with being an accessory before the fact to first-degree murder. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Thursday in Upshur County Magistrate Court.
Heater, who is being held without bond in the Tygarts Valley Regional Jail, has not offered a statement regarding his alleged involvement in Oberg's death. Villagomez has not given police any statement in the matter.
Siron is being held without bond in the North Central Regional Jail
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