Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Local News

October 10, 2007

Mercer County Grand Jury:

Kanode, Watkins indicted

PRINCETON — The Mercer County Grand Jury indicted a Princeton man Wednesday on counts of attempted murder and a Bluefield man on one count leaving the scene of an accident causing death.

Michael Kanode, Sr., 43, of Princeton was indicted on counts of malicious wounding and attempted murder, said Mercer County Prosecuting Attorney Timm Boggess.

Kanode was charged Aug. 16 after being arrested in Monroe County in connection with the alleged shooting of his wife, Sherry Kanode, two days earlier. She was transported to a Charleston hospital and later discharged.

A conviction on attempted murder carries a prison term of 3 to 15 years, Kanode said. Malicious assault has a penalty of 2 to 10 year imprisonment.

Kanode is currently being held at the Southern Regional Jail near Beckley.

In a separate case, the grand jury indicted Gary Watkins, 46, of Bluefield on a count of leaving the scene of an accident with death, Boggess said.

Watkins was arrested a day after the Jan. 24 death of Debra McConnell, 52, of Bramwell.

McConnell died after being injured in a hit-and-run accident on Route 52 near the entrance of the Southview Mall in Bluewell. She was driving north when she sideswiped a car that was trying to access the southbound lane, investigators with the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department said at the time. She left her car and was walking towards the vehicle that had been hit when another vehicle struck her.

Leaving the scene of an accident causing death has a penalty of 1 to 10 years in prison, Boggess said.

Watkins was freed on bond in early February. Boggess did not know whether Watkins’ was still on bond Wednesday.

— Contact Greg Jordan at gjordan@bdtonline.com

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