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Two brothers shot in Barboursville

By Staff reports

BARBOURSVILLE, W.Va. -- Two brothers were shot and killed in Barboursville Saturday afternoon after a neighbor believed they were trespassing on his property, according to law enforcement.

Rodney Bruce Black, 62, of Barboursville, was charged Saturday with two counts of first-degree murder, the Cabell County Sheriff's Department said.

Black was charged after he called 911 dispatchers Saturday afternoon and said he shot Garrick Hopkins, 60, of Milton, and Carl Hopkins, 61, of Oak Hill, who he thought were breaking into an outbuilding on his property.

Garrick Hopkins recently purchased the lot adjacent to Black's property at 12 Lane Drive in Barboursville. He was taking Carl Hopkins, his brother, to show him the property where he and his family planned to build a new home, a press release from the Sheriff's Department said.

The outbuilding in question was on the Hopkins property and contained none of Black's belongings, the release said.

Sheriff's detectives seized "a large number" of weapons and ammunition from Black's property during a search, according to the press release.

Autopsies of Garrick and Carl Hopkins will be performed Monday at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Charleston.

Black is being held in the Western Regional Jail.


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