Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

June 12, 2013

Hearing today for Mercer County man facing life in prison

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

PRINCETON — A Mercer County man who has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and abduction of a child by a family member is set to appear today in circuit court for sentencing.

Tracy Lee Atwell, 39, of Spanishburg is scheduled to appear this afternoon before Mercer County Circuit Judge Derek Swope for a sentencing hearing. Atwell pleaded guilty May 23.

The case sparked a major search in April 2012 after Atwell murdered his wife, 33-year-old Christine Atwell and abducted his 8-year-old daughter, Porsche. The child was found safe after an extensive search.

Atwell faces the possibility of life in prison.

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