CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Harrison County man was charged Friday afternoon with killing four people earlier in the day -- including a father and son who were delivering newspapers.
Harrison County Prosecuting Attorney Joe Shaffer said Sidney A. Muller, 27, was arrested Friday and charged with four counts of first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of Freddy Donald Swiger, 70; Fred Swiger, 47; Todd Russell Amos, 29, and Christopher A. Hart, 26.
All were present near a house at 745 Locust Ave. at about 4:30 a.m. when Muller opened fire, Shaffer said.
Shaffer said Fred and Freddy Swiger were delivering newspapers for The Exponent-Telegram when they were gunned down.
"They were just in the wrong place at the wrong time," Shaffer said. "It's a horrible tragedy."
"I only had the pleasure of knowing Fred and Freddy for the past year and a half, since I took over ownership of The Exponent-Telegram," said Brian Jarvis. "They were extremely nice, loyal, and cared very deeply about their customers."
Jarvis said newspaper customers had called throughout the day to express their condolences. The father-son team had delivered the paper for more than 30 years.
Shaffer said Muller went to the well-known drug house for a drug deal that apparently went bad. He said one of the initial victims -- either Hart or Amos -- was shot inside the house and another was shot outside.