MARROWBONE CREEK – Clyde Melvin Duff, Jr., 34 from Crum, W.Va. was arrested Sunday, Jan. 24 on felony and misdemeanor charges related to burglary, malicious wounding, three counts of domestic assault and three counts of domestic battery.
Duff was arrested by Sr. Tpr. D.L. Contos and Tpr. R.L. Jennings of the West Virginia State Police (WVSP) after officers responded to a 911 call concerning a domestic assault and battery complaint.
According to a criminal complaint, Duff had engaged his wife Brittany in a verbal dispute at the residence of Rosa Fields, the grandmother-in-law of the defendant (Clyde Duff, Jr.). The residence is located on Jennies Creek Road in the Marrowbone area.
While traveling to the residence, the officers were advised that Duff had forcibly entered the residence by kicking the door until the door opened.
Officers were also advised that a gunshot had been fired on Christopher Horn, Duff’s brother- in- law. Horn had received a gunshot wound as a result of the weapon being fired.
Officers located Duff and obtained a statement. Duff told officers that he did forcibly enter the residence. Upon entering the residence, Duff struck Horn and Fields causing Fields to fall to the floor.
Duff also told officers that he observed Horn pointing a black Colt .38 Special firearm at him. At that time, Duff stated that he engaged Horn in a physical altercation over control of the firearm. While attempting to obtain control of the firearm, Duff deployed a pocket knife and stabbed Horn in the chest. Duff then explained that the firearm discharged, causing a gunshot wound to Horn.
The officers also obtained a statement from Brittany Duff. Brittany Duff explained that the defendant (Clyde Duff) had engaged her in an altercation over custody of their child prior to the altercation between Duff and Horn. She also stated that the defendant (Clyde Duff) had strangled her, pulled her hair, and forced their child out of her hands.
The officers also obtained a statement from Rosa Fields, whose statement coincided with the statements of Brittany Duff and the defendant (Clyde Duff). Fields explained to officers that the actions of Clyde Duff did place her in fear of receiving immediate harm.
If convicted of malicious wounding, Clyde Duff, Jr. could face two to ten years in a state correctional facility.
All information in this article was obtained by use of a criminal complaint which is public record. A criminal complaint is merely an accusation and those named should be considered innocent until proven guilty.