Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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October 22, 2012

Crime show profiling 2005 McDowell County murder to repeat on Oct. 27

IAEGER — Area residents had various reactions Monday to a television show describing the 2005 murder of a prominent McDowell County political leader and physician and the investigation that led to two arrests and one conviction.

The Investigation Discovery program “Sins and Secrets” aired an episode Sunday about the 2005 murder of Dr. Ebb Keister “Doc” Whitley and the later trials of two suspects, Charles Jason Lively and Tommy Owens. In April, the show’s film crews visited the Bluefield Daily Telegraph and McDowell County to interview people about the case.

The “Sins & Secrets: Iaeger” episode aired for the first time Sunday, and will air again at noon on Saturday, Oct. 27.

Sunday’s broadcast featured some images of the scenic beauty surrounding Iaeger and the community’s past. Daily Telegraph Editor Samantha Perry, and Assistant Managing Editor Charles Owens, were both interviewed during the show, along with law enforcement personnel across McDowell County.

“It didn’t really degrade us,” said Iaeger Mayor Joe Ford, who appeared on the show. “I thought it was probably educational for people who didn’t understand a few things about what took place.”

For more about how the McDowell County community reacted to the show concerning the 2005 murder and its aftermath, read Tuesday’s Daily Telegraph or visit


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