The Mingo County Grand Jury has returned an indictment against a Logan County man on a first-degree murder charge.

Shane Donavon, 24, of Verdenville, is accused of killing 51-year-old Roger Crum, of Dingess, and of injuring Rufus Wallace following a  birthday celebration at what police described as a “hang out” on Hurricane Branch of 12 Pole Creek.

Police reports state that approximately 50 people were in attendance at the location but had left when the March 2018 altercation that apparently led to gun play occurred.

Dempsey will face charges of one count each of first-degree murder and malicious assault.

Heather Renea Bailey, 37, of Williamson was also indicted on two counts of child neglect resulting in serious bodily harm.

According to police reports, Bailey allegedly left her two children, ages 2 and 3, strapped in their car seats inside a car on June 7.

The car was found in North Matewan and allegedly Bailey said she had walked to her father’s house in Delbarton. Officers said the windows were rolled up and the engine turned off.

Reports said that first responders got the children out of the vehicle around 9:15 p.m. The reports further claimed that Bailey returned to the car and said she had left the children between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Child Protective Service officials, who took custody of the children, told officers the children had developed “rashes and a blister from sitting in soiled diapers.”

The grand jury also returned true bills against 16 other individuals. Those indictments are as follows:

Leo Childress, one count of possession of a Schedule II controlled substance (crack cocaine) with intent to deliver.

Veronica Fannin, one count each escape from custody and grand larceny.

Ward Gene Griffith II; eight counts of sexual abuse by a parent, guardian custodian or a person of trust to a child, two counts second-degree sexual assault; one count first-degree sexual abuse; one count kidnapping; and one count wanton endangerment.

Nick Lovich III, one count each of attempt to transport a controlled substance onto the grounds of a regional jail and possession of a Schedule II controlled substance.

Margie Marie Marcum; one count each of burglary, conspiracy to commit burglary and petit larceny.

Casey Matthews, one count each of strangulation, second-degree domestic battery and domestic abuse.

Denise Lynn Meade, one count each of escape from custody and petit larceny.

Christopher Russell Mills, one count of a firearm violation.

Acie Newsome, one count each of grand larceny and conspiracy to commit grand larceny.

William G. Newsome, one count each of grand larceny and conspiracy to commit grand larceny.

Cassie Shepard, two counts of child neglect creating substantial risk of serious bodily injury.

Jonathan Wesley Smith; one count each of burglary, conspiracy to commit burglary and petit larceny.

Rebecca Lynn Spencer; one count each of driving revoked for DUI (third offense), fleeing (DUI), obstructing police officer, destruction of property (less than$2,500) and required security.

Steven Spry, one count each of breaking and entering and grand larceny.

Jonah Wilder; one count each of kidnapping, malicious assault, domestic battery and domestic assault.

David Wilson, two counts of child neglect creating substantial risk of serious bodily injury.

Arraignments will be held Thursday, Sept. 27, beginning at 10 a.m. in the Mingo County Courthouse with Circuit Judge Miki Thompson presiding, according to the Mingo County Clerk’s Office.

Editor’s Note: An indictment is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until, and unless, proven guilty.

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