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Maura Shea Perry
MADSION -- Murder, sexual abuse and other crimes ranging from wanton endangerment to child neglect and drug offenses made up the latest set of grand jury indictments returned last week in Boone County Circuit Court.
The grand jury indicted 26 individuals in its April 2013 term.
Included in the grand jury indictments was Maura Shea Perry for one count of first degree murder and one count of grand larceny.
Perry, 20, of Hamlin, is accused in the shooting death of Jimmie Cooper, 71, whose body was discovered Sept. 26, 2012, after his co-workers reported that he had not shown up for work.
The decomposing body of Cooper was found inside his trailer home in Peytona. The man had been missing for about a week, according to investigators.
Cooper was first discovered when co-workers were concerned because they had not seen the victim for several days and failed to report to his job. When checking on Cooper, they found the door to his residence partially open and notified the Sheriff's Office, who checked the home and discovered the victim's body.
The home did show signs of a forced entry and the man’s car was missing. The vehicle has since been recovered in Putnam County, investigators said.
In magistrate court, prior to the grand jury indictment, a deputy testified that Perry had confessed to the crime, saying she shot Cooper with his own .38-caliber gun as he lay in his bed at his home in Peytona. The deputy said the suspect said she had been planning to poison Cooper, but she was not able to get the drugs.
Investigators believe that Cooper was killed by a single gunshot wound to the head as he lay in his bed at home.
Investigators also said that Perry had an ongoing relationship with the victim and stole property after the murder, which she pawned to facilitate her drug usage.
Deputies recovered Cooper's car at a park and ride at Scott Depot, in Putnam County on Thursday, where it had been abandoned. Several items have been recovered from pawn shops in the Kanawha Valley area that belonged to the victim.
• Also indicted was Cecil R. Wight on five counts of first degree sexual abuse and five counts of sexual abuse by a person in a position of trust.
Police charged Wight with preying on young girls in a trailer park in Bim.
Wight, 65, of Huntington, was originally charged on April 17, 2012, with sexual assault after police claimed he had touched children inappropriately.
Wight was arrested Tuesday afternoon, April 17, 2012, at a trailer he owns in Bim, which is along W.Va. 85, near Wharton in Boone County.
Police said the mothers of two 6-year-olds came forward with inappropriate sexual allegations against Wight. Then, a third victim, a 9-year-old girl, has since come forward.
The victims say the alleged abuse has been going on since summer of 2011, according to the criminal complaint filed in the case.
"One of his last comments to me was that he loves looking at little girls' butts, 'They're so cute,'" Wight reportedly told police.
Police said Wight, who lives in Huntington, frequently drove to the mobile home in Bim and spent extended amounts of time there.
Police said residents were “irate.”
He said someone broke windows in both Wight's vehicle and mobile home. Wight's belongings also had been tampered with.
Troopers had no suspects in that incident.
The mother of one of the 6-year-old victims told troopers that her daughter told her "Cecil the old man" had been taking pictures of her while she changed clothes in his home and had touched her genitals on several occasions, according to a criminal complaint.
Trooper E.B. McClung went to Wight's home to speak with him about the incident. Wight allowed the officer to search his home.
McClung found a cellphone with pictures of the 6-year-old victim's partially clothed lower body and of the girl in panties and a training bra.
Wight spoke freely to the trooper while he searched the home and told the officer he knew why he was there although the officer never questioned him at the home about sexual contact with the child.
Wight told the trooper he often cleaned the child and washed “her bottom when she has had accidents . . . on herself.” He went on to say that when he washed her, he always checked her with his hands "to make sure she is clean, and may have touched her private area when doing so," according to the complaint.
The child told troopers Wight touched her and exposed him to her and made her touch him.
Wight told police about cleaning the girl, but added that "he may have hurt her in this process," the complaint said.
Police said Wight does not have an extensive criminal history in West Virginia.
• Also, indicted was David Richard Stollings on three counts of wanton endangerment involving a firearm and two counts of malicious assault.
Stollings, 52, is accused of shooting of another Boone County man as well as for assaulting another local woman.
According to investigators, the alleged incident began shortly before 11 p.m., Aug. 29, 2011, when Stollings was at the residence of Steven Smith, at Ottawa and victims Melissa Workman and Timothy Workman were present also at the Smith residence.
According to investigators, an alleged argument over drugs took place between Stollings and Melissa Workman, which in turn led to Stollings striking Workman in the face with a pistol.
The situation escalated when Workman's brother Timothy Workman became involved in the altercation.
When the incident came to a conclusion, Timothy Workman was allegedly shot once in the leg by Stollings, according to investigators.
Other indictements include:
• Lawrence W. Doss with one count of first-degree sexual abuse and one count of sexual abuse by a person in a position of trust.
• Kayla Osborne with two counts of third degree sexual assault by unlawfully and feloniously engaging in sexual intercourse with a minor child, then being less than 16 years of age and at least four years younger than her.
• Donald J. Toler with 27 counts of purchase, receipt, acquisition and possession of substances to be used as a precursor to manufacture of methamphetamine or another controlled substance and one count of conspiracy.
• Walter Lee Hill with two counts of breaking and entering, one count of grand larceny and one count of felony attempted grand larceny.
• Harlon Sherman Toler with one count of grand larceny.
• Christopher Priestly with one count of bringing stolen property into the state and one count of felony conspiracy.
• Danny R. Griffy with one count of bringing stolen property into the state and one count of felony conspiracy.
• Timothy A. Loudermilk with two counts of cruelty to animals and two counts of attempted cruelty to animals.
• Scott D. Thompson with two counts of cruelty to animals and two counts of attempted cruelty to animals.
• Chasity Ann Adams with three counts of delivery of a controlled substance and two counts of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.
• James Brimhall with four counts of delivery of a controlled substance and five counts of person prohibited from possessing a firearm.
• Regan Cook with one count of burglary, one count of petit larceny, one count of no operator’s license and one count of operating a vehicle without insurance.
• Brandon Davis with two counts of burglary, one count of petit larceny, one count of brandishing and four counts of assault.
• Timothy Dolin with one count of forgery, one count of uttering and one count of fraud and related activity in connection with access devices.
• Bobby Frye with two counts of conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance.
• Matthew Harper with two counts of fraud and related activity in connection with access devices and two counts of fraudulent use of a credit card.
• Connie Jenkins with four counts of delivery of a controlled substance.
• Cory Allen Holstine with one count of daytime burglary with breaking and one count of delivery of a controlled substance.
• Cody Massey with one count of manufacturing controlled substance.
• James E. Mitchell with one count of delivery of a controlled substance.
• Jeremy White with one count of burglary, two counts of felony conspiracy, one count of attempted burglary and one count of grand larceny.
• Scott Walker with one count of receiving stolen property.
• Michael Clifford White, Jr., with one count of nighttime burglary, one count of grand larceny and nine counts of person prohibited from possessing a firearm.
(Editor’s note: The charges contained in these indictments are merely accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.)