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W.Va. man indicted on murder charge

January 08, 2003|by DAVE McMILLION

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Hedgesville, W.Va., man was indicted by a Berkeley County grand jury Tuesday in the July 14 slaying of his grandmother, court records said.

The indictment returned against Timothy Dale Wood alleges he did "unlawfully, feloniously, willfully, maliciously, and deliberately slay, kill and murder" his grandmother, Geneva Wood.

Geneva Wood was found dead inside her house on Cannon Hill Road near Hedgesville.

The woman suffered multiple blows to the head from a cast-iron skillet, said Berkeley County Prosecutor Pamela Games-Neely.

Timothy Dale Wood, who was charged with one count of first-degree murder, is a schizophrenic and took medication for the mental disorder, Games-Neely has said.

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Wood was charged with murder after West Virginia State Police Trooper Nathan Harmon noticed him walking in the rain along W.Va. 9 between Welltown and Harlan Springs roads at about 2:35 a.m. the day his grandmother was found dead in her house, police said.

After having a conversation with Timothy Wood, Harmon noticed what appeared to be blood between Wood's fingers on his right hand, police said.

When Harmon questioned him about the blood, Timothy Wood said that he had an argument with his grandmother.

A pre-trial hearing on the case is scheduled for Jan. 31, according to court documents.

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