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Barbour man faces murder charges

Marsh accused of killing another man in bar fight

November 10, 2012
By Melissa Toothman Staff Writer , The Inter-Mountain

A Philippi man is being held in lieu of a $150,000 cash-only bond in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail after being arraigned in Barbour County Magistrate Court on second-degree murder charges.

Charles Joseph Marsh, 33, of 340 Dogwood St., was taken into custody Thursday following a warrant for his arrest, according to magistrate clerk Sandra Skidmore. He is accused of killing Gregory E. Durst during a bar fight at a tavern in Barbour County on Oct. 13.

Durst allegedly was knocked unconscious after he was struck in the head with a beer bottle by Marsh, causing severe facial fractures, according to the criminal complaint in magistrate court. Durst died Oct. 23 as a result of the injuries, the complaint stated.

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Sgt. R.T. Deffett responded to a 911 call about a fight at the Double Deuce Tavern in the Meadowville area of Barbour County, according to the criminal complaint. Deffett observed Durst lying on the tavern floor unconscious, and allegedly was told that Durst had been struck with Marsh's fist, which held the beer bottle. Durst reportedly fell to the floor after being struck, causing him to receive additional head trauma. He never regained consciousness, according to the complaint.

Marsh was not present at the tavern when Deffett arrived, according to the complaint.

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