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Four indicted on murder charges

By Kate White, Staff writer

A Kanawha County grand jury on Thursday indicted four people on murder charges in three separate slayings this year.

Also, two men charged with shooting a bouncer at a downtown Charleston nightclub in April were indicted.

Police say Jessica Lee Woods, 36, of St. Albans, killed her mother, Eva Linda Woods, 59, Feb. 9 and dumped her body in a shed behind their West Main Street home.

Woods is also charged with conceal and attempt to conceal a deceased human body and conspiracy.

An indictment is not a finding of fact; it simply means a grand jury has found enough evidence exists to warrant a jury trial.

Shawn Legg, 31, of St. Albans, who police say helped Woods hide evidence, was indicted on the charge accessory after the fact to murder and conspiracy.

Two men were indicted on murder charges in the shooting death of a 19-year-old on Charleston’s West Side in April.

Police say Darrell Emmett Carter Jr., 18, of South Charleston, and Mark Gaddy, 23, of Detroit, Michigan, shot Tymel McKinney multiple times as he sat on the porch of his Sixth Street home.

Naquil Sayles, 17, pleaded guilty earlier this month to accessory after the fact to murder and fleeing with reckless indifference. His case was transferred from juvenile to adult status.

A witness to the shooting said Gaddy froze up and didn’t fire the gun, according to police. Carter denies being the one who did the shooting and told police Gaddy gave him the gun as they were both running away.

Carter and Gaddy are both also charged with fleeing on foot and conspiracy. Carter is also charged with malicious wounding and Gaddy fleeing with reckless indifference.

In another indictment, Bobby Ray Kanode Jr., 56, of Dunbar, is charged with murder after police say he suffocated his girlfriend and threw her body onto the bank of the Kanawha River.

Tonya Payne, 35, who was also known as Tonya Atkinson, was found dead in February between Kroger and the bridge on the Dunbar side of the river.

Dunbar police said Kanode came to the Dunbar Police Department around 6:30 p.m. Monday and told officers he had information related to the crime.

Kanode took a shopping cart from the Dunbar Aldi’s back to his home and placed Payne’s body in the cart, according to police. He allegedly pushed her body down several streets until he reached a fishing barge. Police had responded to a domestic call involving the couple earlier in the day.

Jimmy Beasley, 44, was released from the hospital last month after being shot 12 times downtown April 26.

Tasheem A. Collins, 38, address unknown, and George Edward Sawyer, 30, of Charleston, were indicted on charges of attempted murder, wanton endangerment and malicious wounding charges.

Police say the two shot Beasley while he was escorting two women to their vehicle around 2 a.m. Beasley had kicked the men out of The Cellar, at 8 Capitol St., earlier that night, according to police.

Sawyer jumped into the Kanawha River to evade police but swam back to shore. Collins was arrested the next day in Dunbar.

Reach Kate White at kate.white@wvgazette.com, 304-348-1723 or @KateLWhite on Twitter.


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