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Pittman pleads not guilty in daughter's killing

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Charleston man, accused of killing his adopted daughter with a shotgun before shooting his adopted son and turning the gun on himself, pleaded not guilty on Thursday to three charges, including first-degree murder.

Roy Roger Pittman, 69, of Charleston, also faces attempted murder and malicious wounding charges. He denied the charges during his arraignment in Kanawha Circuit Court.

Circuit Judge Paul Zakaib set a Jan. 21 trial date, according to assistant Kanawha County prosecutor Tera Salango.

Kanawha County sheriff's deputies say Pittman shot his 15-year-old daughter, Brittany, in the chest at their home on Keystone Drive near Charleston on May 24 after a family argument. According to police, Pittman then walked across the street and told his adopted son, Matthew, 18, that he was going to shoot him as well.

Matthew Pittman was shot in the leg, according to a criminal complaint. Roy Pittman allegedly turned the gun on himself and shot himself in the face when confronted by deputies.

Roy Pittman is being held in South Central Regional Jail.

Reach Kate White at kate.white@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1723.


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