Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

November 30, 2012

W.Va. man set to enter plea in Wal-Mart shooting

Associated Press

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A man accused of executing his estranged daughter-in-law in the parking lot of a Morgantown Wal-Mart over a child-custody dispute is set to enter a plea.

The Dominion Post ( says 54-year-old Larry Lynn Mitchell of Shinnston is scheduled to appear before Monongalia County Circuit Judge Phil Gaujot on Dec. 7.

Mitchell is charged with first-degree murder, and his attorney, Tom Dyer, says he plans to plead guilty to the charge.

Should he change his mind, Mitchell will stand trial Dec. 11 in the slaying of 29-year-old Shannon Stafford.

Investigators say Mitchell shot Stafford repeatedly inside her car and after she got out April 21.

Stafford was there to meet Mitchell's son and to pick up their 2-year-old daughter, Faith, for a weekend visit.

Witnesses restrained Mitchell until police arrived.