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Prosecutors want hair sample from murder suspect

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Hair was found on duct tape attached to Kareem Hunter's body, according to a motion filed by prosecutors that asks a judge to grant a hair test on the woman accused in his slaying.

Hunter's body was found in a shallow grave earlier this month in Raleigh County. He had been missing since Sept. 23.

Kelsey Marie Legg, 20, of Marmet, has been charged with first-degree murder in Hunter's death. Police believe Legg lured Hunter to her apartment in Marmet before he was killed.

The motion, filed Friday, asks for strands of Legg's hair to be tested, according to an employee in the circuit clerk's office. A copy of the motion was not immediately available on Tuesday. Legg's attorney, Matthew Victor, couldn't be reached for comment.

Kanawha Circuit Judge Paul Zakaib will decide whether to allow the hair test at a 1 p.m. hearing on Nov. 19, according to assistant prosecutor Dan Holstein.

Legg's brother told authorities he heard a disturbance at the apartment the night Hunter disappeared, and later saw two men carrying a body as if to load it into a car, according to a criminal complaint filed in Kanawha County Magistrate Court.

Authorities found a large amount of blood inside Legg's apartment, according to police. Legg was seen on security camera footage buying supplies at Lowe's in Kanawha City, and she painted her apartment and laid new carpet, allegedly in an attempt to cover up the blood.

Deputies also found what appeared to be blood on the sidewalk and stairway leading up to the apartment, according to the complaint.

A passer-by discovered Hunter's body in Raleigh County while searching the area with a metal detector, police previously said.

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


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