Defense in murder trial wants evidence tossed
HUNTINGTON — The defense in the murder trial of a 26-year-old Salt Rock man is seeking to remove from evidence an interview he gave to West Virginia State Police just prior to his arrest.
The motion for suppression was made by defense attorney Glen Conway on behalf of Corey Seth Chapman, who was arrested in November 2016 and charged with the murder of 26-year-old Kayla Adkins, of Lincoln County, two weeks earlier.
Cabell County Circuit Judge Chris Chiles made no ruling at a hearing Thursday morning and rescheduled arguments for 10 a.m. Thursday, March 22.
Both Conway and assistant prosecuting attorney Lauren Plymale questioned state police trooper M.C. McMillian, who led the investigation, over the events leading up to Chapman’s arrest after Adkins’ body was found concealed in a watering trough off Hickory Ridge Road in Salt Rock.
Chapman was identified as one of several suspects as troopers followed up on several leads. He was located at his place of employment in Barboursville and taken to the Huntington
detachment of the West Virginia State Police for questioning.
Conway questioned the phrasings troopers used in the roughly two-hour interview, alleging Chapman may have been wrongfully coerced into sharing information that would later be used against him in court. Chapman is said to have confessed during the interview, at which point he was arrested.
Chapman has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and concealing of a body.
Thursday’s docket originally included a motion for Chapman to be placed on home confinement, though that was not discussed. Chapman remains at Western Regional Jail.