W.Va. grand jury indicts two on murder charges

January 20, 1999|By DAVE McMILLION, Charles Town

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Two local men were indicted on first-degree murder charges Wednesday in separate slayings of two women last year, according to Jefferson County Circuit Court records.

William Trampas Widmyer, 28, of Route 2, Bunker Hill, was indicted in the Nov. 15 shooting death of his former wife, Tara Widmyer, and the wounding of her boyfriend, Larry Miller, according to court records.

Widmyer kept police on the run for two days after the shooting and later turned himself in to police in Woodstock, Va., about 50 miles south of Jefferson County.

Rickey E. Carey, 39, of Ranson, W.Va., was indicted in the shooting and stabbing death of Lori Lynn Curry, 24, of Shenandoah Junction, according to the indictment.


Curry, who had been dating Carey off and on for about six months, was found dead last Sept. 6 in a storage building behind 100 E. 11th St. in Ranson, officials said.

The two men were indicted by a grand jury sitting in Charles Town this week.

Tara Widmyer, 25, and Miller, 32, of Charles Town, were shot while they were watching television in Tara Widmyer's house at 107-B East Sixth Ave. in Ranson, police said.

Miller, who survived the attack, was crawling out the front door of the duplex when police arrived.

Widmyer was indicted on a charge of malicious assault for the shooting of Miller, according to the indictment.

Widmyer also was indicted on charges of petit larceny, breaking and entering, possess any vehicle knowing it to be stolen and destruction of property, according to the indictment.

The destruction of property charge was for windows that were broken at the Child's Road Church of God, a church along W.Va. 51 where Tara Widmyer's father is a pastor.

Police had said they believed the vandalism to the church, which occurred the same night as the shootings, was connected to the slayings.

Police said Tara Widmyer and Miller were shot after the assailant fired at least five shots from a .35-caliber rifle through a front living room window of the house.

Police believe the gunman fled on foot and later stole a Pontiac Firebird and drove it to Bunker Hill in Berkeley County, where he abandoned it and stole a Dodge Dakota pick-up truck.

Authorities believed the gunman also stole a Geo Tracker in Morgan County.

Widmyer and Carey are being held without bond at the Eastern Regional Jail near Martinsburg.

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