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Virginia Man Accused of Murdering His Wife in Old Jane Doe Case

Waynesboro – In 2012 the body of a 23-year-old woman was found in the Greenbrier State Forest. The deceased wasn't listed missing until 2011, and her body wasn't officially identified until the fall of 2012.

WVIR-TV reported that the woman's now 52-year-old husband of Waynesboro was arrested and accused of killing his wife more than a decade ago. The man is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday in Greenbrier County Circuit Court in Lewisburg, West Virginia.

The defendant has been charged with first degree murder in the death of his 23-year-old wife. The victim's body was found in the Greenbrier State Forest in West Virginia back in 2002; she wasn't listed as a missing person until nine years after her body was found in 2011. Although her remains were found in 2002, she remained a Jane Doe until the fall of 2012.

Her husband was arrested on unrelated child pornography charges and was awaiting sentencing when the West Virginia authorities decided to charge him with first degree murder in connection to his late wife's death. On January 23, 2013, he was being held at the Southern Regional Jail located in Beaver, West Virginia.

In the state of Virginia, murder is covered under Section 18.2-32. First and second degree murder defined; punishment. Under §18.2-32, murder, other than capital murder, or poisoning, lying in wait, starving someone, imprisoning someone, or by any willful, deliberate and premeditated killing is murder in the first degree, punishable by a Class 2 felony. All murder other than capital murder and first degree murder is considered second degree murder. Under §18.2-10, the penalties for a Class 2 felony is 20 years to life imprisonment and a maximum fine of $100,000.

If you or someone you love is facing criminal charges for capital murder, first or second degree murder, or any other criminal offense in Richmond, you are urged to contact Richmond criminal defense attorney James A. Bullard immediately. He is a former prosecutor who can handle state or federal charges; he has extensive experience with violent felonies, and he is the legal expert for Channel 6 News. Call us today for the tenacious representation you deserve!