CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A man wanted for the killing of his ex-girlfriend near St. Albans on Sunday turned himself in to Kanawha County sheriff's deputies Monday afternoon after a 24-hour manhunt.
An acquaintance of Clayton "Gino" Rogers, 51, of St. Albans, drove his truck into the woods near Fairview Drive and returned with Rogers at about 3:20 p.m., said Kanawha County Sheriff's Department Chief Deputy Johnnie Rutherford.
Rogers was wanted on a murder charge for the killing of Laura Amos, 35.
Deputies found Amos's body in a vacant house at 217 W. Main St., just outside the St. Albans city limits, after a witness called authorities, said Lt. Sean Crosier of the Kanawha County Sheriff's Department.
Amos was found lying on the floor in a puddle of blood with what appeared to be at least one puncture wound to the left side of the neck, according to a criminal complaint filed in Kanawha County Magistrate Court.
A witness told police that he and another man had been drinking with Amos and Rogers on the front stairs of the vacant house when Amos and Rogers began arguing about Amos being with another man, according to the complaint.
The man Rogers accused Amos of being with walked up to the house and began drinking with the group for a short period of time. Rogers confronted the man about proposing to Amos. That man left the area and Rogers and Amos got up from the stairs and walked around to the side of the house, according to the complaint.
A short while later, the witness heard Amos yell his name two or three times. The witness told police he walked to the side of the house where he saw Amos and Rogers go, but he could not find them, according to the complaint.
Later, the witness and two other individuals opened the front door to the vacant house and saw Amos lying on the floor motionless in a puddle of blood, according to the complaint.
A second witness told police he had been walking by the residence from work when he saw Amos and Rogers and others drinking. The witness walked up to the group and drank with them briefly before Rogers confronted him about proposing to Amos, according to the complaint.