CORA, W.Va — A Logan resident has been charged with murder after Tyrone Miller was found dead in the Cora area of Logan County.
On Jan. 2, authorities were alerted to the shooting and just a short time later, a suspect was in custody.
Senior Trooper J.E. Garren and Senior Trooper S.A. Belt, with the West Virginia State Police (WVSP), reportedly investigated Miller’s death.
Tolliver allegedly fired one round from a handgun fatally injuring Miller.
Marvin Tolliver, 25, of Logan, was arrested Jan. 2. The criminal complaint filed by Garren and Belt states, “[Tolliver] further stated he shot the victim.”
Tolliver was arraigned in Logan County Magistrate Court Jan. 2.
Tolliver is charged with a felony count of first degree murder.
If he is found guilty, Tolliver could be forced to spend the remainder of his life in a state correctional facility.
Tolliver’s bond was not set in Logan County Magistrate Court — only a circuit court judge can set bond for murder.
While murder is usually far from the minds of the people in the coalfields, Tolliver’s arraignment marked the second occurrence in a week a murder arraignment was handed down by a Logan County magistrate.
On Dec. 31, the Logan Banner reported the on arrest of Anthony Ray Baisden, 43, of Dingess, W.Va. and Freelin Emanuel Vance, 44, of Verdunville, W.Va. for the 2010 murder of of Willy Lee Williams Jr.
Based on his investigation into the case, Trooper M.J. Miller, with the WVSP, was able to secure arrest warrants in Logan County Magistrate Court Dec. 29.
The criminal complaint filed by Miller alleges Baisden and Vances conspired to commit a robbery in the Mud Fork area of Logan County and Williams’ murder was committed in the process of the robbery.
During questioning from the police, Vance reportedly made a statement supporting the police suppositions that Williams’ body was then taken to and disposed of in the Twelve Pole area of Mingo County.
If they are found guilty, Vance and Baisden could be sentenced to spend a life term in a state correctional facility.
Criminal complaints are public information. Charges listed in a complaint are merely accusations; defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1729 or by email at [email protected]