Woman arrested after police say she drove quadruple murder suspect
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Police have arrested a Nicholas County woman who they said drove a man home after he killed a Greenbrier County family of four, including two small children.
Wanda Alice Einstein, 42, of Summersville, was arrested Friday on four accessory after the fact charges, all felonies, according to a criminal complaint filed in Nicholas County Magistrate Court.
According to the complaint, Einstein told State Police Trooper G.K. Davis that she drove James Roy Belknap, 26, from a house on Spruce Grove Road to Belknap's home on White Buck Knob at about 11:30 p.m. on May 26. Both places are in Leivasy in Nicholas County.
Einstein knew that police were searching for Belknap in connection to the slayings of Stephen Leroy Hendrix, Amber Martin and Hendrix's two children, 6-year-old Dakota and 4-year-old Kaylee, all of Quinwood, the complaint stated. Police said she had seen local news coverage of the murders, but did not tell police she had made contact with Belknap.
Belknap had been staying at the Spruce Grove Road home, which belongs to a man named Robert Rocco Bragg, according to the complaint. It was unclear Tuesday if Bragg would also face charges.
Police eventually arrested Belknap on May 28 while he was a passenger in a Chevrolet S-10 driven by Mark Haynes, 54, of Leivasy. Belknap and Haynes tried to drive through a police checkpoint along Brushy Meadow Creek Road near Carl, police said.
Belknap was charged with four counts of first-degree murder and is being held in Central Regional Jail without bail. Haynes was released on a $70,000 surety bond and is awaiting a July hearing on accessory after the fact and obstruction charges.
Police believe that on May 19, Hendrix had driven Martin, his live-in girlfriend, and his two small children to Belknap's home to collect money that he was owed for drugs.
That's when Belknap shot the family of four inside their van, stripped them of their clothes and dumped their bodies over the mountainside near his house, according to a criminal complaint filed in Nicholas County Magistrate Court.
Police were tipped off to Belknap's connection to the slayings after discovering Hendrix's van near his property. They then found the families' bodies near his house and issued arrests warrants.
Einstein was being held in Central Regional Jail in lieu of a $300,000 cash-only bail.
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