West Virginia man found guilty of killing girlfriend

September 13, 2019 GMT

WELCH, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man has been convicted of first-degree murder in the death of his girlfriend, who was shot once in the forehead.

The Bluefield Daily Telegraph reports 28-year-old Charles Kennedy was found guilty Thursday in the 2017 death of 24-year-old Emily Hatfield. Jurors are expected to hear from state and defense witnesses on Friday before recommending sentencing. Prosecutor Emily Miller says Kennedy wanted jurors to believe that he accidentally shot his girlfriend.


She says he offered multiple stories about how it happened, including the gun being thrown into the air and going off. However, a medical examiner testified that the wound in Hatfield’s head came from a gun pressed tightly against it. Kennedy’s lawyer, D.J. Morgan, argued that the state hadn’t shown evidence of a motive.


Information from: Bluefield Daily Telegraph, http://www.bdtonline.com