Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

July 15, 2013

Two people face first-degree murder in Lilly Grove shooting incident


Bluefield Daily Telegraph

PRINCETON — Two people will be facing charges of first-degree murder in the shooting death of a local woman who was found Monday morning at an apartment building in the Lilly Grove area of Princeton, according to Mercer County Sheriff Don Meadows.

The shooting occurred at approximately 5:20 a.m. on Thornton Avenue near Princeton, Meadows said. Sherry Matthews, 44, of Princeton had been shot and killed. She was struck in the neck. A weapon, a .40 caliber automatic pistol, has been recovered.

A second person who lived at the apartment, Edward Lee Thomas, 41, of Princeton was hit in the chin, Meadows said. He was outside the apartment and flagged down deputies when they arrived on the scene.

Thomas was treated at Princeton Community Hospital and later gave a statement to investigators, Meadows said..

One suspect, Steven McDonald, 32, of Bluefield was arrested Monday morning, and a second suspect, Latasha Marie Kanode, 23, of Princeton was arrested at approximately 5:30 p.m. after her father brought her to the sheriff’s department, Meadows stated.

Both McDonald and Kanode were charged with first-degree murder, first-degree robbery, burglary, conspiracy, and attempted murder, Meadows said. They were being detained Monday evening pending arraignment.Detective R.M. Combs is the lead investigator. The sheriff’s midnight shift did the original investigation, and the day shift continued it throughout the day, Meadows said.