Shooting In McDowell County Leaves One Woman Dead


MCDOWELL COUNTY (WOAY)- State Police responded to a shooting in the Raysal area on Friday, December 22, that left one dead.

West Virginia State Police tells WOAY that they responded to a call of an accidental shooting involving a pistol underneath a pillow accidentally going off. Deputies say, due to the suspicious nature of this call, Troopers requested for Bradshaw P.D. Officer Bailey to secure the scene until these Troopers arrived.

When deputies arrived on the scene Troopers made contact with a male individual, identified as Charles Kennedy, 27, whom was acting erratic.

These Troopers entered the residence and discovered the body of Emily Hatfield, 24, had sustained a single gunshot wound and was now deceased.

Due to the evidence gathered on scene, Charles Kennedy was placed under arrest for 1st Degree Murder. Additionally, Charles Kennedy was charged with 2 counts of possession of a controlled substance for marijuana and Methamphetamine that were also found on scene and are believe to have played a factor in the homicide.

Tyler Barker

Tyler Barker is currently the Interim News Director and Digital Content Manager for WOAY-TV. I was promoted to this job in Mid-November. I still will fill in on weather from time to time. Follow me on Facebook and Twitter @wxtylerb. Have any news tips or weather questions? Email me at

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