Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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September 26, 2013

Trial of Earl Click continued to 2014

WELCH — The trial of a Buchanan County, Va., man who is charged with first-degree murder in the July 17, 2012 death of Dr. Thomas Hatcher, has been continued until early next year, according to McDowell County Prosecuting Attorney Edward Kornish.

The court appointed a new lawyer to represent Earl Click, 27, a War native who was living in Grundy, Va., when War Mayor Hatcher was killed. Ronald D. Hassan had been appointed to represent Click, but McDowell County Circuit Court Judge Booker T. Stephens appointed J. Mingo Winters of Beckley on Wednesday to represent Click.

“Since it is a complicated case, the court scheduled the new trial date for Jan. 29, 2014,” Kornish said. “It will take some time for the new counsel to meet with his client and to get up to speed on the trial.”

Kornish added that the first-degree murder trial of Rebecca Lynn (Click) Hatcher is still scheduled to start on Oct. 30, before McDowell County Circuit Court Judge Rudolph J. “Rick” Murensky II. Rebecca Hatcher, 32, and her brother, Earl Click, are also both charged with conspiracy to murder Mayor Hatcher — Rebecca Hatcher’s father-in-law. Law enforcement officers who investigated the case alleged that robbery to get money to purchase illegal prescription drugs was the motive in the crime.

Mayor Hatcher, 72, a native of Iaeger who grew up in War, was a tireless advocate for War, McDowell County and the southern West Virginia/southwestern Virginia region.

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