Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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November 13, 2012

Trial delayed for Mercer County man charged with murder of 18-year-old woman

PRINCETON — A trial for a man facing a charge of first-degree murder has been postponed in Mercer County Circuit Court.

Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ash had represented Marcus McKinley, 26, of Princeton, on a misdemeanor charge in 2004, according to records with the county circuit clerks’ office. A new trial date  was set for March 19, 2013.

The county’s grand jury handed down a first-degree murder indictment earlier this year against McKinley. Bluefield police sought McKinley after Ayana Patton, 18, of Bluefield, died as the result of a gunshot wound while at the Opera House Apartments in downtown Bluefield.

The West Virginia Prosecuting Attorney Institute will appoint a special prosecutor to the case.

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