CRAB ORCHARD - Authorities released the name of the victim of Tuesday morning's homicide in Raleigh County.
Richard Lee Lester, 49, died after an apparent gunshot wound, according to the Raleigh County Sheriff's Office.
ORIGINAL: 6/24/14, 5:39 PM
CRAB ORCHARD - A man is dead after an
apparent gunshot wound. Police said his
girlfriend pulled the trigger and then called the cops to report the incident. As the investigation is still in its early stages, officials said charges could range from justifiable homicide to first degree murder.
Larry Lilly with the Raleigh Co. Sheriff’s Dept. said, "this was a domestic
type situation between the two and that resulted in the female shooting the
male which killed him. She was actually the caller."
said the woman has not yet been arrested. "Right now our investigation is
focusing around the circumstances and it could be anywhere from manslaughter
all the way up to first degree murder. Right now it's just way too early in the
investigation for us to make that call,” said Lilly.
who have lived in the area their entire lives said this has always been a quiet
area until these residents moved in about a year ago.
Megan Porter, said, "They fight a lot. We never heard his raise his voice
it was always her screaming and I know last week there was another incident
where she pulled a gun on him right as he got home."
neighbor wished to remain anonymous, but said she's had similar
observations...especially after witnessing threatening remarks made by the
female shooter just days before this incident.
showing up, they're fighting, arguing out in the yard, just not very good
neighbors since they moved in. I don't want the neighbors there. Ya it's
shocking in a way, but after what she said in the driveway no, not really.”
want this peaceful street to return to normal. "We don't feel safe,
because my daughter goes over there and plays with the neighbors kids and she
has children they have children, and I just don't know how you can do that with
your children in the house. I hope she's
prosecuted. We don't like the fact that she's there," said Porter.