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Inwood, W.Va., man charged in grandmother's slaying

March 30, 2001

Inwood, W.Va., man charged in grandmother's slaying



By ANDREA BROWN-HURLEY

andreabh@herald-mail.com

INWOOD, W.Va. - An Inwood man was charged with first degree murder Friday in the slaying of his grandmother, the Office of the Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney said.

Terry Eugene Walters, 25, is accused of killing Vera Clark, 63, at her 528 Arden Nollville Road home in Inwood on Sept. 17, 2000, the Prosecutor's Office said.

West Virginia State Troopers Bob Copson and Tim Taucher arrested Walters at his home about 1:30 p.m. as he was preparing to move to Florida, Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Games-Neeley said.

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"We moved a little quicker on this case than we anticipated because we had information that the family was moving," she said.

Her office had planned to seek a Special Grand Jury before charging Walters, but evidence of motive and opportunity to commit the crime and forensic evidence made it possible to charge Walters before he left the state, Games-Neeley said.

DNA evidence was found on items belonging to Walters, according to a criminal complaint released by the Prosecutor's Office said.

Walters admitted forging more than $12,000 in checks payable to himself from Clark's bank account during the month before her murder to help fund a crack cocaine habit, the document states.

Walters has long been a suspect in his grandmother's murder, Games-Neeley said.

West Virginia State Police and members of the Eastern Panhandle Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force responded to Clark's residence about 10:30 p.m. last Sept. 17 after a family member found her dead with her throat slashed, police said.

Police found inconsistencies related to Walters' whereabouts during the time period that his grandmother was believed to have been killed, and seized evidence from his home and vehicle four days after the murder, the criminal complaint states.

Walters' handwriting samples were obtained Sept. 29 after Copson found evidence of the suspicious checks.

Investigators also learned Clark had refused to give Walters money because he had accrued a large debt with her, the criminal complaint states.

Walters was arraigned before Magistrate Christi Greer on Friday and is being held without bail at the Eastern Regional Jail in Martinsburg, W.Va.

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