Mercer County man charged with attempted murder over a pond dispute

Donald Lambert

MERCER COUNTY, WV (WOAY) – One man is in jail and charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder.

On Monday, May 25, 2020, State Police were called to a home after gunshots were being fired closeby.  The victim and his wife told police that their large bay window had a bullet hole in it and damage to a wall.  The victims told police that their neighbor, Donald Lambert, had threatened them several times.  The two were involved in a land dispute over a pond and that Lambert regularly threatens them and curses them from across the road.

When police made contact with Lambert, he appeared to be intoxicated and admitted to drinking beer throughout the day.  Lambert told police that he knew why they were there and that he was in trouble.   Lambert admitted to shooting a shotgun towards the victim’s home.   Lambert stated: “Daddy always said if you want to be heard, you have to go to jail.” “I guess that got their attention,” Lambert went on to say.

Lambert is charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder, two counts of wanton endangerment with a firearm, firing within 500 feet of a dwelling, firing a firearm across a roadway, and destruction of property.

He is currently in Southern Regional Jail under a 500,000 cash-only bond.

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