Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

November 18, 2013

Suspect pleads guilty in Kanawha County slaying


Associated Press

PRINCETON — A Kanawha County man has admitted his role in a fatal shooting that led more than a dozen schools to close while police searched for a suspect.

Media outlets report Tremale Straughter of Rand pleaded guilty to a first-degree murder charge Monday before the start of his trial in the death of 19-year-old Harold Donovan Taylor.

Media outlets report that in return for his plea, prosecutors agreed to drop three charges of wanton endangerment against Straughter.

Taylor’s body was found inside a bullet-riddled vehicle. After the shooting occurred last February in Rand, Riverside High School, three middle schools and nine elementary schools were closed.

The 29-year-old Straughter faces up to life in prison when he’s sentenced on Jan. 10 in Kanawha County Circuit Court.