Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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February 15, 2014

96 indicted in Mercer

Attempted murder suspects, three CU athletes listed

PRINCETON — A Mercer County man who allegedly tried to run over a state trooper in a stolen pickup, another man who assaulted a Princeton area resident as well as three Concord University football players who allegedly committed a home invasion robbery are among the 96 people named in indictments returned last week by a Mercer County Grand Jury.

Richard Anthony Hart, 46, of Matoaka was arrested on Oct. 7, 2013, by Cpl. P.H. Shrewsbury of the Princeton Detachment, West Virginia State Police. Shrewsbury was in Lashmeet responding to a report of a stolen vehicle when he spotted Hart standing outside the vehicle. When Shrewsbury called Hart’s name, the suspect got in the vehicle and attempted to hit Shrewsbury with the vehicle.

Shrewsbury fired shots at the fleeing vehicle, got in his cruiser to pursue Hart, but the suspect wrecked the truck about one mile from where he attempted to run over Shrewsbury. The grand jury indicted Hart on charges of grand larceny, attempt to commit first-degree murder, fleeing while DUI of alcohol and controlled substances, and driving under the influence of alcohol and controlled substances.

Another Mercer County man, Roy Lee Williams, 41, was also indicted on kidnapping, attempted first-degree murder, robbery and malicious assault involving a JJ Street resident in Princeton. Trooper D.C. Graham of the Princeton Detachment of the West Virginia State Police investigated the incident that allegedly took place over two days in early December 2013.

The grand jury also returned indictments naming three former Concord University football players — Russell Bailey Jr., 22, of Beckley; Maricco Sanders and Riyahd Richardson, both 22, and both of South Carolina, on charges of robbery in the first degree, unlawful assault, wanton endangerment and conspiracy — all related to an alleged home invasion robbery in Athens on Nov. 11, 2013.

In her report of the incident, Deputy H.L. Walters of the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department stated that her investigation revealed that a firearm was present in the residence, but was not discharged.

She reported that the victims alleged that $300 in cash and a gun were taken during the incident.

— Contact Bill Archer at

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