Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Local News

July 16, 2010

Murder charge levied

TAZEWELL, Va. — The Tazewell County Sheriff’s Department has made an arrest in connection with a fatal shooting in Pocahontas, Va., according to Sheriff H.S. Caudill.

Dexter Bogle, 19, of Pocahontas, has been charged with second-degree murder in connection with the death of Roby White, 62, also of Pocahontas. The shooting incident occurred Tuesday evening at Bogle’s stepfather’s residence. Bogle is currently being held without bond at the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail after police probed several inconsistencies in his story.

Bogle alleged he had shot White in self-defense after White came after him with a knife, but the medical examiner report indicated White had been shot in the back of the head while sitting down, rather than in the front of the head as Bogle had indicated.

According to Caudill, when detectives presented the evidence, Bogle “started talking.” A polygraph had been scheduled for Bogle at 1 p.m. on Thursday afternoon, but was canceled in light of the new evidence.

“He was pretty persistent, but our detectives could see the holes in his story.” Caudill said. “Once our detectives presented the facts, he started talking and revealed the facts. We didn’t need to do a polygraph after the confession.”

Caudill said Bogle was very compliant with police.

“The boy wanted to confess everything,” Caudill said. “He admitted to shooting White in the back of the head, while he (White) was sitting in a chair. He said the shooting was accidental, but if I point my weapon at you, I have intentions. I have to believe circumstances got out of hand, but that doesn’t change the situation.”

Caudill said the new evidence indicated that White had been sitting in a chair when he was shot in the back of the head and then fell onto the floor.

Police said some facts from Bogle’s initial story still remain.

“We still believe there was a knife involved,” Caudill said. “Evidence said there was a knife present, but with only one side of the story, we don’t know what threats were made.”

Police said, prior to the shooting, Bogle alleged White had threatened him and Bogle had pushed White back into the chair with his arm. Caudill said Bogle took the gun from the gun cabinet behind him and shot White from a distance of four to six feet.

Bogle passed a breathalyzer test, indicating he had not consumed alcohol at the time of the incident. Police are still waiting for toxicology results to determine if there were drugs or alcohol in White’s system at the time of the incident.

White had previously lived at Indian Princess Apartments in Pocahontas before moving into the house, owned by Bogle’s stepfather. White had been staying at the residence for a short period of time before the shooting occurred. Bogle’s stepfather was not present at the residence at the time of the incident.

Bogle was arrested Wednesday evening after the new evidence was presented. According to police, Bogle faces between five and 40 years in prison if convicted of the offense.

— Contact Kate Coil at kcoil@bdtonline.com

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