Beckley man pleads guilty to first-degree murder

Local - 8/29/2014 11:00 AM by Rebecca Turco

CHARLESTON - A Beckley man pleaded guilty to murdering a Kanawha County man whose body was found in Raleigh County last October.

Deveron Patterson, 26, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder with mercy in the September 2013 death of Kareem Hunter. Patterson entered the plea in Friday morning in Kanawha County Circuit Court.

Hunter's body was found on October 30, 2013 in a shallow grave in Harper Heights. Kelsey Legg entered a guilty plea to being an accessory after the fact to murder for her role in cleaning up the crime scene and pleaded guilty to attempting to help Patterson and Miguel Quinones hide Hunter's body, according to county prosecutors.

Quinones' jury trial on first-degree murder and conspiracy charges is scheduled for October 27. Legg and Patterson are expected to cooperate and testify in that trial, according to prosecutors.


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