Click found guilty of first degree murder

Local - 2/5/2014 8:33 PM by Rachael Cardin

WELCH - Justice reigned down in McDowell County as a man was convicted of murdering the former Mayor of War.

"It wasn't just one person he told. It was a number of his friends. I think it's the shear volume of his mouth that convicted him," said Prosecuting Attorney Ed Kornish.

After a very long trial it didn't take the jury very long to deliberate to find Earl Click guilty of conspiracy and murder in the first degree.

"We tried to confirm what people said independently. And I think all those bits-and-pieces together resulted in the verdict," said Kornish.

Family members were disheartened that Click will be going back to jail, instead of going home.

Click's mother, Tammy Shortridge, said, "All I got to say is everybody that got up there and lied on my child, I hope they sleep well at night."

Tom Hatcher's family was present throughout the trial and are still heartbroken about the loss of their loved one.

Kornish said, "people that were in the family committed the crime and that was really hard for them. This obviously doesn't bring Tom back but I think it will hopefully give them peace."

The convicted murderer had a few words to console his family while being escorted out of the courtroom in handcuffs.

Shortridge said he told her, "just be strong mom, what will be will be."


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