In this photo dated Sept. 10, Charleston police detectives investigate a cordoned off area outside of 403 Piccadilly St., near Interstate 77, where inside man had been fatally shot. Police investigated 10 homicide cases in 2012, three of which remain unsolved.
She prays someone will come forward with the information that police need.
Eggleton said the number of slayings in 2012 is on par with previous years. Four people were killed in Charleston in 2011. In 2010, there were 11 slayings, two of which remain unsolved.
For Kanawha County's remaining homicide cases in 2012, police are confident they believe they know what happened:
On Jan. 17, a small Institute apartment was the scene of a grisly murder-suicide that shocked even veteran police officers. Nathaniel Roy Lawton, 54, allegedly killed his live-in girlfriend, Carol Ann Rhim, 53, inside 107A Barron Drive. Police said Lawton then cut up Rhim's body and dumped it along U.S. 35 near the Putnam and Mason county border. Lawton fatally shot himself on Jan. 19 right as deputies knocked on his door to serve a search warrant in connection to Rhim's disappearance.
In Rand on Aug. 7, police said Brent Lee Burdette, 19, fired one shot at William "Willie" Cordle III, 21. Cordle later died at CAMC General Hospital. According to police, Burdette said he shot Cordle with a small handgun because the man was "running his mouth." Police charged Burdette with first-degree murder and he's currently being held in South Central Regional Jail awaiting trial.
Police said Stacy Marie McCormick, 30, stabbed her boyfriend, David Snyder, 52, in his upper chest at her home along Washington Avenue on the West Side of Charleston on Aug. 16. McCormick had been jailed on a malicious wounding charge when Snyder succumbed to his injuries at CAMC General Hospital on Aug. 20. Police then upgraded McCormick's charge to first-degree murder. She's currently being held in South Central Regional Jail awaiting trial.
A failed robbery attempt was apparently behind the fatal shooting of Roy Chambliss, 40, on Sept. 14, police said. Daniel O'Keith Little, 29, and Jarod Edward Washington, 29, went to the Chambliss' home along 403 Piccadilly St. on Charleston's West Side on two occasions and tried to sell two guns, police said. Little and Washington ordered Chambliss to open his safe and then both men fired upon him and his roommate, police said. The roommate was treated for minor injuries, but police pronounced Chambliss dead at the scene. Washington was later captured in Winfield and police captured Washington in Beckley. Both men were charged with first-degree murder and are currently in South Central Regional Jail awaiting trial.
On Oct. 11, police found David Juaboi Booker, 26, lying dead with multiple gunshot wounds on a sidewalk on the 1200 block of Milton Street on Charleston's East End. Fragments from a white-colored car discovered near the scene of slaying allegedly led detectives to Richard Bernard Hilliard, 24. A first-degree murder charge warrant was issued against Hilliard and he surrendered to police on Christmas Day. He is currently in South Central Regional Jail awaiting trial.
Among the suspects charged with first-degree murder, two were later convicted of lesser charges following a trial:
John Edward Hudson, 38, of Ashford, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter for shooting Michelle Gillispie, 38, on Jan. 27 at Gillispie's home along Winifrede Hollow near Chesapeake. Hudson said he shot his friend "under sudden excitement" moments after he disarmed her of a loaded gun she had pulled out, prosecutors said.
Hudson, a convicted felon, faces eight to 20 years in prison when he is sentenced under state recidivism laws.
Police charged 22-year-old Ethan Chic-Colbert, of Charleston, with first-degree murder and kidnapping in connection to the death of Jahlil Clements, 11.
Just after midnight on March 4, police said Chic-Colbert began arguing with his girlfriend, Lynitrah Woodson, as they were driving down I-77. Chic-Colbert turned and allegedly began beating Woodson, who was driving.
When she pulled over near the Leon Sullivan Way exit, Chic-Colbert pulled her out of the car and began to hit her on the roadside, police said. Clements was also in the car and jumped out and ran into oncoming traffic, waving his arms for help. One car swerved to miss him, but another clipped him on its passenger side, the force of the impact knocking his shoes off, killing him.
Chic-Colbert was convicted in July of domestic battery, child neglect resulting in death, and three counts of gross child neglect creating a serious risk of bodily harm or death. Kanawha Chief Circuit Judge Duke Bloom dropped the murder and kidnapping charges because he said the connection to the murder charges were too remote. Chic-Colbert was sentenced to up to 30 years in prison and is being held in South Central Regional Jail awaiting transfer to prison.
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