Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

March 22, 2013

Jury gets case in Mercer County first-degree murder trial


Bluefield Daily Telegraph

PRINCETON — The case against a Mercer County man charged with first-degree murder is now in the hands of a jury.

The defendant, 27-year-old Marcus McKinley of Princeton, was arrested after the May 19, 2011 death of Ayana Patton, 18, of Bluefield. Bluefield police found Patton at the Opera House Apartments in downtown Bluefield after receiving reports of gunshots.

McKinley was traced after the murder to North Carolina and later extradited back to West Virginia.

More to come as soon as the jury verdict is returned.