Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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June 8, 2012

Eastern Ky. man charged in death of Buchanan County man

PIKEVILLE, Ky. — An eastern Kentucky man has been charged with murder in the death of a Virginia resident found dead in October.

A Pike County grand jury this week indicted 52-year-old William Johnny Slone of Mouthcard. The charges stem from the death of 40-year-old Jonathan Leon "Big John" Looney of Maxie, Va., who had been missing for several weeks when his body was found in Slone's home.

Slone has been indicted in drug-related cases since the body was found, but the murder charge is the first in direct relation to Looney's death.

Pike Commonwealth's Attorney Rick Bartley told The Appalachian News-Express that the charges came about because detectives followed up on leads.

A court date related to the murder charge against Slone has not yet been set.

 

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