ST. ALBANS, W.Va. -- Two St. Albans residents took turns stabbing a woman to death in her home before stealing two cars and jewelry in early January, police said Friday.
Jessica Mae Wilson, 27, and Timothy Paul Shafer, 28, have been charged with felony murder in the death of Nancy Burdette Lynch, 66.
Capt. James Agee, of the St. Albans Police Department, said detectives believe Shafer and Wilson went to Lynch's home on Jefferson Avenue around Jan. 5 with the intention of robbing her.
Wilson told police that Shafer chased Lynch inside her home and repeatedly demanded money from her at knifepoint, according to a criminal complaint filed in Kanawha County Magistrate Court.
When Lynch said she did not have any money, Shafer handed the knife to Wilson, according to the complaint.
Wilson told police she stabbed Lynch, according to the complaint. She said she also restrained Lynch while Shafer stabbed the woman.
Lynch's body wasn't found for three weeks. Neighbors found her in her home on Sunday.
Two cars, and jewelry worth about $2,000, were missing from her home, according to police. Wilson and Shafer are also charged with armed robbery.
The state's felony murder law allows police to charge people with the equivalent of first-degree murder if they take part in a felony that results in someone's death.
Megan Hughes, Shafer's girlfriend, was arrested Wednesday and charged with transferring and receiving stolen property after allegedly pawning the stolen jewelry. She was found in one of Lynch's cars with Shafer, who was originally charged with possession of a stolen vehicle.
Wilson and Shafer were being held in South Central Regional Jail without bail on Friday.