8/29/2013 5:08 PM
BECKLEY - Thursday marks seven years since a Beckley police officer was killed in the line of duty, and those who brought his killers to justice say that is only part of the healing process. Corporal Chuck Smith was fatally shot in 2006 while he was working undercover on a narcotics case. Thomas Leftwich and Michael Martin were convicted for his murder and sentenced to life behind bars without the possibility of parole. Prosecuting attorney Kristen Keller says they still periodically have to deal with appeals from the two men, and that this can be frustrating not only for her legal team but also the for family members. But she says answering these challenges is one way to help heal the wounds.