RACINE, W.Va – The Boone County Sheriff’s Department arrested two individuals for murder after they allegedly ran over a man with their vehicle.
Mitchell Caleb Hughes, 25 and Brittany Nicole Thomas, 22 both from Racine were arrested for two felony charges on Thursday, March 2.
A press release form the Boone County Sheriff’s Department stated “…James “Gumby” Smith, 37 from Peytona, was deliberately and intentionally struck with a vehicle…”
According to the criminal complaints Hughes and Thomas were both arrested and charged for conspiracy and murder.
The incident occurred along Toney’s Branch Road on Wednesday, March 1.
The criminal complaints stated, “As a result of the investigation, it was discovered Hughes had made threats indicating he would kill the victim the next time he saw him.”
The motive was also discovered during the course of the investigation, “…Hughes’ motive to cause the victim bodily harm was due to the victim’s intimate relationship with Thomas.”
According to the press release all the individuals were friends. Smith and Hughes both had been in an intimate relationship with Thomas in the last several months.
Chief Deputy Chad Barker from the Boone County Sheriff’s Department said, “We will continue to investigate this incident and ask that anyone having information regarding this crime contact our office.”
Hughes and Thomas are being held at Southwestern Regional Jail.
Heather Kinder is a reporter for the Coal Valley News. She can be contacted at 304-369-1165 ext. 1661, [email protected] or on Twitter @CVN_hkinder.