CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A grand jury has indicted a man on involuntary manslaughter charges for allegedly punching another man outside a South Charleston bar on St. Patrick's Day, causing his death.
Kenneth Ray Slater Jr., 44, was indicted Friday in connection with the death of Robert Adkins, 51, a former Alcohol Beverage Control Administration employee whom he allegedly punched outside Mojo's Sports Bar.
Slater told police that Adkins was making passes at his girlfriend. Adkins also grabbed the woman's arm, followed the couple and made suggestive comments, Slater said.
Dan Holstein, chief of staff at the Kanawha County prosecutor's office, originally told Adkins' family that the state did not intend to pursue criminal charges against Slater. Kanawha County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Plants overrode that decision after re-examining the evidence and finding that Adkins may not have posed an immediate threat to Slater during the altercation.
Slater will be arraigned before Kanawha County Circuit Judge Tod J. Kaufman on Sept. 25.
Also Friday, the grand jury indicted a Nitro woman who allegedly poured gasoline on her boyfriend and set him on fire.
Cynthia Marie Swoboda, 45, of 17th Street, was indicted on charges of attempted murder and malicious wounding for the apparent attack on her boyfriend, Shane Stone.
On May 26, police responded to the call at CVS Pharmacy, 121 10th St., according to a criminal complaint filed in Kanawha County Magistrate Court.
When police arrived at the scene, Stone was walking around the parking lot and "wincing," the complaint states. His back was red and blistering. He told police that Swoboda had poured gasoline on him and set him ablaze.
In all, 60 people were indicted this week in Kanawha County. They are to report to the following judges at the following times to be arraigned.
An indictment is not a finding of fact; it means that a grand jury believes enough evidence exists to warrant a jury trial.
Judge Jennifer Bailey, Oct. 31, 9 a.m.