Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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December 12, 2012

Three charged with first-degree murder in connection with fatal Bluefield shooting.

BLUEFIELD — Arrest warrants have been issued for three men on a charge of first-degree murder in connection with the Aug. 20 shooting death of a Bluefield man.

Two of the men have been located, and officers with the Bluefield Police Department and the U.S. Marshal Service are actively searching for the third suspect in Detroit, Michigan, according to Lt. C.S. Myers of the Bluefield Police Department.

The three men are charged in connection with the shooting death of 23-year-old Derek Tabor of Montcalm. Tabor died after being shot on Fourth Street in Bluefield.

Myers said David Reasby, aka Dirt Bike, age unavailable, of Bluefield, was arrested Tuesday in the city. Myers said a second suspect in the case, Mitchell A. Watts, age unavailable, is currently incarcerated in Union County, N.C. on unrelated charges. Myers said authorities in Bluefield will be working to extradite Watts back to West Virginia to be prosecuted on the first-degree murder charge.

“The third individual, we aren’t going to release his name at this time, but he’s in Detroit, Mich.,” Myers said. “We have local officers working in conjunction with the U.S. Marshals to locate and apprehend the third individual.”

Myers said the three arrests are the result of an “extensive investigation” that has been ongoing for the past three months. Detective B.L. Hamm is the lead investigator in the case, which is continuing in cooperation with the Southern Regional Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force, the Mercer County Probation Office and the U.S. Marshal Service.

For more on the investigation, and what police are confirming at this time, see Thursday’s edition of the Daily Telegraph.


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