Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

July 20, 2013

Kanode waives time limit for preliminary hearing

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

BLUEFIELD — Two Mercer County residents facing charges of first-degree murder in the shooting death Monday of a Princeton woman have waived the time limit for preliminary hearings in county magistrate court.

Latasha Marie Kanode, 23, of Princeton was scheduled Friday to appear before Magistrate Sandra Dorsey for a preliminary hearing. Kanode was arrested Monday along with Steven McDonald, 32, of Bluefield after the shooting death of 44-year-old Sherry Matthews of Princeton. The incident occurred at an apartment along Thornton Avenue in the Lilly Grove area near Princeton.

Kanode’s preliminary hearing has been rescheduled for Sept. 3, said Assistant Prosecuting Attorney John McGinnis.

McDonald, who also waived the time limit for his preliminary hearing, is scheduled to appear in magistrate court Sept. 4, McGinnis said.

By law, preliminary hearings must be conducted within 10 days of a person’s arrest unless that person waives the hearing or the time limit.

Kanode and McDonald are being held without bond at the Southern Regional Jail in Beaver.

Both Kanode and McDonald face charges including first-degree murder, first-degree robbery, conspiracy, burglary and attempted murder. A second person, Edward Lee Thomas, 41, of Princeton, was shot in the chin during the incident, and taken to Princeton Community Hospital where he was treated and released.

Sheriff Don Meadows said shortly after the arrests that a .40 caliber pistol and a large sum of money were recovered. Robbery for money and drugs has been named as the motive behind the shootings.