UPDATE: Mercer County man accused of murder found not competent to stand trial

UPDATE: MERCER COUNTY, WV (WOAY) – A Mercer County man accused of killing, William Simons, in May of this year, was found unfit to stand trial.

Mercer County Prosecuting Attorney Adam Wolfe says, Christopher Bailey was found not competent to stand trial.

Bailey was charged with first degree murder and armed robbery, he will not go to Shark Mental Hospital until he can be restored to competency.


UPDATE: BRUSHFORK, WV (WOAY) – A man has been denied bond after being charged with murder in Mercer County.

Christopher Baily had a bond hearing in front of Judge Wills earlier this morning.  Judge Will stated that the victim, William Simons was found face down with several gunshot wounds.  Judge Wills denied bond.


UPDATE: BRUSHFORK, WV (WOAY) – A man has been arrested in connection to a murder in Mercer County.

According to State Police, Christopher Bailey, 27, is charged with first-degree murder and armed robbery without incident after killing William Simons of Pipestem.

State Police responded to an abandoned car complaint on Dawson school road on Sunday, May 5, 2019, at around 9 am.  While en-route the call was updated to involved an unresponsive male near the area of the vehicle.

Upon arrival, Simons was located over the embankment, deceased from apparent gunshot wounds.

Bailey is currently in Southern Regional Jail awaited arraignment.


BRUSKFORK, WV (WOAY) – State Police in Mercer County are investigating a murder after a man’s body was found Sunday.

According to State Police, a man was found on Dawson School Road in the Brushfork area. The name of the victim is not being released at this time until the family can be notified.

Police received a call of an abandoned car, and the man’s body was found near it. The man is believed to have resided in the area for several years.

Officials are not released how the man died yet but said there is evidence of foul play.

Stay with WOAY News for further updates on this developing story. 

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