Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

September 19, 2013

W.Va. man charged with killing mother, grandmother


Associated Press

WESTON, W.Va. — A Weston man has been charged in the 1999 slayings of his mother and grandmother.

Media outlets report 39-year-old Joseph Metz was charged with two counts each of first-degree murder, kidnapping and robbery. He denied involvement at his arraignment early Thursday in Lewis County Magistrate Court.

Sixty-nine-year-old Marcus Maxine Stalnaker and her daughter, 46-year-old Mary Friend, disappeared Dec. 1, 1999, after leaving their Jane Lew home on a Christmas shopping trip. Their car was found five days later near the Harrison County community of Gore. The women were never found.

Metz is being held without bond in the Central Regional Jail. Jail records didn’t indicate whether he has an attorney.