CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The daughter of a Winfield woman said she tried to persuade her mother to leave her boyfriend, who was indicted Thursday on charges related to her death.
A grand jury indicted Eric B. Pauley, 50, of Winfield, on a first-degree murder charge after police say he shot and killed his live-in girlfriend, Debra Rosiek, 52, last year at their trailer in Winfield.
In September 2011, police say Pauley knocked on the door of the Putnam County Sheriff's Department around 10 p.m., and told a deputy that he shot his girlfriend and believed she was dead, according to a detective with the sheriff's department.
Detective Shawn Johnson said Pauley gave police a key to his home, and a deputy was then dispatched to Pauley's residence in the Winfield Mobile Home Village where Rosiek was found dead with multiple gunshot wounds to the chest.
Johnson said they have a motive, but wouldn't release it.
Rosiek's daughter, Misty Hall, 33, of Oak Hill, said her mother had dated Pauley for about four years. On the night of Sept. 17, Hall said, she received a phone call from Pauley's daughter.
"She said 'Misty, something's wrong' ... I was guessing stuff, and finally I asked 'Is she dead?'" Hall recalled. "She said yes ... I knew it had something to do with that gun and he had killed her, I knew he did -- I know he did."
Pauley's daughter could not be reached for comment Thursday. Pauley hasn't been appointed an attorney yet, according to an official with the Putnam circuit clerk's office.
An indictment is not a finding of guilt; it means that a grand jury believes enough evidence of a crime exists to warrant a jury trial.
"I'll be there," Hall said about the trial.
Hall's two children, ages 10 and 12, were forbidden from visiting their grandmother at the residence she shared with Pauley after Hall said her kids told her about guns being left lying around.
"He was so obsessed with guns, I quit letting my kids go down there," she said. "I had told her one of these days, you guys are going to end up in an argument and he'll end up shooting you."
Rosiek was from Ohio and has a sister and four brothers. Her son died in 2000 after an automobile accident, and her previous boyfriend of nine years had died from cancer.
Hall said her mother was a hard worker and served as a longtime home heath-care worker and cleaned houses on weekends.
"She wanted to stay busy after she had lost my brother," Hall said.
Pauley didn't work, according to Hall, and his personality gave her an eerie feeling from the first time they met.
"I would ask Mom things like, 'has he ever put his hands on you?' Of course she'd never tell me, but sometimes she'd say, 'I'm going to pack my stuff and leave,' but she was the type that didn't want to be a burden," Hall said through tears. "I always offered her a place to stay."
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