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Zakaib denies bail for Marmet woman accused of murder

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A judge denied bail today for a Marmet woman accused of first-degree murder and kidnapping.

Kanawha County Circuit Judge Paul Zakaib told Kelsey Legg, 20, the charges against her are too serious to set a bail amount. Legg is accused in the slaying of Kareem Hunter.

She has been in jail since Oct. 5, when she turned herself in to police.

Hunter's body has not been found, but police believe he was murdered because of large amounts of blood allegedly found inside Legg's apartment.

Police believe Legg lured Hunter, 28, to her apartment on Sept. 23 so that a man could kidnap him, according to a criminal complaint.

Legg's brother, Matthew, told police he saw two men remove a body from his sister's apartment and place it in the trunk of a car, the complaint states.

Assistant prosecutor Dan Holstein told the judge Legg shouldn't have the opportunity to get out of jail, noting that her apartment is the alleged crime scene.

Also, she shouldn't stay with family members, Holstein argued. Police believe her brother and mother helped clean up the alleged crime scene, he said.

Legg's attorney, Matthew Victor, told Zakaib that if bail were granted Legg would stay with her grandmother, who was present in the courtroom along with Legg's mother.

"She has no ability to run and hasn't been indicted," Victor told the judge.

At least a dozen of Hunter's family and friends attended the hearing, and several whispered "thank God" when Zakaib refused to set bail.

Legg spent most of the hearing showing little emotion with her elbows on the table and her hands pressed against her mouth. She mouthed "I love you" to her mother and grandmother before being taken back to the South Central Regional Jail.

"Two families are tore up," her grandmother said after the hearing. She wouldn't give her name and her mother, Tonya Legg, said she didn't want to comment.

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


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