Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

January 17, 2013

Atwell case: Murder, kidnapping suspect considering plea in Mercer County

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

PRINCETON — A Mercer County man facing charges including murder and kidnapping appeared in Mercer County Circuit Court this morning.

Tracey Lee Atwell, 38, of Spanishburg allegedly murdered his wife, 33-year-old Christine Marie Atwell and abducted his 8-year-old daughter Porsche in April 2012. The child was found safe after an extensive search.

Assistant Mercer County Prosecuting Attorney Janet Williamson said after a pre-trial hearing this morning before Circuit Court Judge Derek Swope that Atwell was considering a plea agreement. She declined to describe the terms of this possible agreement. Atwell is being held at the Southern Regional Jail at Beaver.

For additional information about the hearing, see Friday’s edition of the Bluefield Daily Telegraph.