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Man faces murder charge

Timothy Dale Wood was being held in the Eastern Regional jail after he admitted killing his 79-year-old grandmother, Geneva Wood

Timothy Dale Wood was being held in the Eastern Regional jail after he admitted killing his 79-year-old grandmother, Geneva Wood

July 15, 2002|by DAVE McMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - A 37-year-old Hedgesville man found walking in the rain along W.Va. 9 west of Martinsburg early Sunday was later charged with murder after he admitted to killing his grandmother, according to West Virginia State Police.

Timothy Dale Wood was being held in the Eastern Regional Jail Sunday night without bond, jail officials said. He was charged with murder in the death of his grandmother, Geneva M. Wood, 79.

Trooper Nathan Harmon was operating a speed radar along W.Va. 9 at 2:35 a.m. Sunday when he noticed a white male walking along the south edge of the highway in a steady rain, state police said.

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Harmon approached the man, who identified himself as Wood, and asked him why he was walking in the rain, police said.

Wood said he was walking to Martinsburg, W.Va., to get a ride. While questioning Wood, Harmon noticed what appeared to be blood between Wood's fingers on his right hand, according to police reports.

When Harmon questioned Wood about the blood, Wood stated that he had an argument with his grandmother, Geneva Wood, with whom he lived on Cannon Hill Road, state police said.

"During the argument, he punched the walls several times and hurt his hand," said a press release from state police.

Harmon requested that Wood sit in his cruiser while he contacted Wood's grandmother to make sure she was OK, state police said.

While Harmon was arranging for someone at state police headquarters to call Geneva Wood's house, Timothy Wood admitted to killing his grandmother, the press release said.

Harmon went to Wood's house, announced himself several times and received no response, police said.

Harmon entered the house and found Geneva Wood unresponsive on the floor, police said.

Emergency medical crews responded and pronounced her dead at the scene, state police said.

Timothy Wood was taken into custody and charged with murder, Sgt. M.A. Carte said.

The Berkeley County Prosecutor's office will review the case and decide what degree murder charge will be pursued, Carte said Sunday.

Carte said he could not comment on how Geneva Wood was killed or when and if an autopsy would take place.

Geneva Wood lived in a small house along Cannon Hill Road just southwest of Hedgesville, said next-door neighbor John Reggetts. Mary Street in Hedgesville turns into Cannon Hill Road a short distance from town.

Reggetts said he was shocked at the news of Geneva Wood's death. Reggetts said he thought something had happened in the neighborhood when a television news crew turned around in his driveway Sunday morning.

Reggetts said he did not know Geneva Wood or her grandson well. Reggetts said he spoke occasionally to her husband before he died.

"I don't think I ever spoke to her," Reggetts said.

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