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Two indicted on murder charges in Fayette County

By Staff reports

FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. -- Two men were indicted by a Fayette County grand jury this week on separate murder charges.

Also, an Oak Hill doctor accused of trading pills for sex was among more than 100 people indicted on Monday.

* William Frederick Cody, 63, of Fayetteville, is charged with first-degree murder in the slaying of Santanea Byers, of Oak Hill. Police say Cody strangled Byers, who was his girlfriend, and hid her body.

Cody told State Police he and Byers drove to the New River in Thurmond on June 17 and got into an altercation. Cody allegedly loaded Byers' body into the back of his pickup truck, then drove the body to a camp he leases in Monroe County and hid it, according to a criminal complaint. Byers' body had injuries consistent with strangulation, according to the complaint.

* Matthew Paul Gravely, 29, of Hilltop, faces a murder charge after police say he shot and killed Gary Wayne Smith, 22, of Hilltop in April.

When Fayette County sheriff's deputies arrived at the Mountainair Mobile Home Park in Glen Jean, they found Smith lying inside a residence with a gunshot wound to his torso.

Gravely, according to police, came out of a nearby residence holding a handgun.

Police said Smith and Gravely were close neighbors and the shooting incident began as a physical altercation between the men.

* Dr. Oscar Gosien, 73, was indicted on 44 counts of constructive delivery of a controlled substance, sexual abuse in the first-degree and four counts of assault in the second degree.

The Central West Virginia Drug Task Force and other agencies arrested Gosien in his office on Lamplighter Road in Oak Hill in December last year after a lengthy investigation.

Fayette County Sheriff Steve Kessler said at the time of his arrest that investigators had obtained numerous statements alleging Gosien frequently provided various prescription medications to female patients in exchange for sexual favors.

Pills prescribed by him have also been linked to several drug overdose deaths in the county, the sheriff said at the time.

 

 

 


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