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PRINCETON — A Mercer County woman who was arrested in July 2020 and charged with shooting a man that she was living with because he was a “demon” or “disciple of the devil” has been indicted by the October 2021 Mercer County Grand Jury.

Monica Suzette Hartwell, 52, of Lashmeet was arrested on July 26, 2020 after the shooting death of 62-year-old Michael Walker. Hartwell is being held without bond at the Southern Regional Jail.

The Mercer County Grand Jury indicted Hartwell on a charge of first-degree murder, according to records released Friday by the Mercer County Circuit Clerk’s Office.

Trooper First Class M.C. Shiflette of the West Virginia State Police Princeton detachment testified during Hartwell’s preliminary hearing that he was dispatched about 3:30 p.m. July 26 after a shooting was reported on Presbyterian Avenue in Lashmeet. When he arrived, he saw Walker lying on his home’s front steps, bleeding from a wound and not moving.

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