Two men from southern W.Va. have been arrested in connection to the death of a Logan County resident in 2010.
Based on his investigation into the case, Trooper M.J. Miller, with the West Virginia State Police (WVSP), was able to secure arrest warrants in Logan County Magistrate Court Dec. 29.
The criminal complaint filed by Miller alleges Anthony Ray Baisden, 43, of Dingess, W.Va. and Freelin Emanuel Vance, 44, of Verdunville, W.Va., plotted to commit a robbery in the Mud Fork area of Logan County.
The pair allegedly conspired to rob the home of Willy Lee Williams Jr.
The criminal complaint states, “Once inside the home, both Freelin Vance and Anthony Baisden struck Willy Williams Jr. with a wrench causing blunt force trauma resulting in fatal injuries.”
During questioning from the police, Vance reportedly made a statement supporting the police suppositions that Williams’ body was then taken to and disposed of in the Twelve Pole area of Mingo County.
Both Vance and Baisden have been charged with a felony count murder in the first degree.
West Virginia Code 61-2-1 explains the criteria for murder in the first degree saying, “Murder by poison, lying in wait, imprisonment, starving, or by any willful, deliberate and premeditated killing, or in the commission of, or attempt to commit, arson, kidnapping, sexual assault, robbery, burglary, breaking and entering, escape from lawful custody…is murder of the first degree.”
If they are found guilty, Vance and Baisden could be sentenced to spend a life term in a state correctional facility.
Criminal complaints are public information. Charges listed in a complaint are merely accusations; defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1729 or by email at [email protected]