Man faces murder, larceny charges

February 18, 2009|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A man accused of killing his supposed drug supplier in June 2008 and burying the body behind his mobile home in a shallow grave near Falling Waters, W.Va., was indicted Wednesday by a Berkeley County grand jury seated this week for the February term of circuit court.

Carl Eugene "Gene" Manford, 50, of 230 Kurtis Drive, was indicted on felony counts of first-degree murder and grand larceny in the death of James Darrell Tucker, according to Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Jean Games-Neely's office.

Police investigators have said Tucker, 34, was murdered June 28, 2008, and have said Manford also stole the victim's vehicle, a white Pontiac G6, after he allegedly committed the crime.

Tucker was reported missing June 29, 2008, after he failed to show up for work the night of June 28. Authorities exhumed his body on July 9 from a wooded area behind a trailer police have said was rented by Manford.


The sequestered jury panel is expected to reconvene today for additional presentation of evidence by the state, Games-Neely said Wednesday.

Among 38 other individuals indicted in grand jury proceedings this week were a 40-year-old man who was charged in the alcohol-related deaths of an Virginia couple in August 2008, and a 19-year-old who police alleged caused the death of her infant son, also in August 2008.

o Troy S. Bean, 40, of 435 Gantt Drive, was indicted on two counts of driving under the influence of alcohol causing death, DUI causing injury, DUI second offense and driving while his license to drive had been revoked for DUI, according to Games-Neely's office.

Howard Diamond, 80, and his wife, Nancy A. Diamond, 70, of Locust Grove, were southbound on Interstate 81 when they were struck head-on by a Ford F-150 pick up truck driven by Bean, police have said.

Bean previously was convicted of DUI in Martinsburg Municipal Court in May 2008, according to the indictment released this week.

o Monica W. Boggs of 8791 Hedgesville Road in Hedgesville, W.Va., was indicted on counts of death of a child by a parent, guardian or custodian, child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury and gross child neglect creating substantial risk of bodily injury, according to Games-Neely's office.

Boggs' son, Skylar Trigg Boggs, died Aug. 19, 2008, as a result of blunt force trauma, and the West Virginia Office of the Chief Medical Examiner determined the 6-month old child had a "deep" bruise around his left eye, according to court records.

Police have said the defendant admitted to throwing a bottle at the child on Aug. 16 at their home and subsequent attempts to revive the child were unsuccessful.

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