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Marlinton man charged with murder

Kincaid

MARLINTON — A Pocahontas County man has been charged with first-degree murder related to the death of a man in a shooting incident.

Jeremi Lee Kincaid, 27, of Marlinton, is being held in Tygart Valley Regional Jail without bond.

According to the criminal complaint, prepared by Trooper Z.M. Chestnut of the West Virginia State Police, police responded to a call at about 2:45 a.m. Friday of an unresponsive male. Arriving at a residence on Old Huntersville Drive in Marlinton, troopers found Galen Lee Biggs “with visible blood and external wounds” lying on the ground beside a vehicle in a driveway. A county coroner pronounced Biggs dead on the scene, the complaint states.

During the investigation, officers determined that Biggs had been driven to the Old Huntersville Drive residence by a witness after the shooting, but was actually shot at the home of the witness on Beaver Creek Road, according to the complaint. At that residence, officers found blood “in a rear room and porch of the residence, along with a spent .22 casing.”

Interviews with four witnesses to the incident led officers to believe that “gunshots were heard before (Kincaid) was witnessed holding a firearm” and then Kincaid left the scene.

In a Mirandized interview with Kincaid, he allegedly told officers that “he and Biggs had been involved in ‘drama’ leading up to the evening, mainly revolving around ex-girlfriends.”

Kincaid allegedly said “Biggs had approached him in the rear of the house with a firearm when the firearm was fired.”

Kincaid added he “then drew his .38 caliber revolver from his waistband and fired several shots at Biggs before leaving with both Biggs’ and his own firearm,” the complaint reads.

Kincaid allegedly told police he “had disposed of both Biggs’ rifle and his own pistol at separate locations in town.”

After the interview, Kincaid was escorted by troopers to areas where both firearms were found, according to the criminal complaint.

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