UPDATE: Bond reduction nixed for W.Va. woman accused of decapitation


UPDATE: 6/4/19 – PRINCETON, W.Va. (AP) – A request for reduced bond has been denied to a woman charged in West Virginia in the death of a man who was decapitated.

The Bluefield Daily Telegraph reports 42-year-old Roena Cheryl Mills’ request to reduce her $200,000 cash-only bond was denied Thursday. Mills is charged with first-degree murder in the 2018 death of 29-year-old Bo White, whose body found at his Lerona home while his head was found in nearby woods.

A criminal complaint says Mills later went to another home while covered in blood and armed with a pocket knife. It says homeowners called police and the Rural Retreat, Virginia, woman gave authorities a fake identity. It says she was brought in for questioning and told deputies “you have to take me back and let me get my heads.”


UPDATE: 4/9/18 – LERONA, WV (WOAY) – A woman has been charged for killing a man in Lerona back on April 1, 2018.

Prosecuting Attorney George Sitler tells WOAY that Roena Cheryl Mills, 41, of Lerona is charged with second degree murder.

The victim was Bo White.

Mills is being held under a 200,000 dollar cash bond and another 10,000 dollar cash bond.
UPDATE: 4/2/18 – LERONA– According to the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department, they are unable to release much information in the case of a dead body after a judge issued a gag order.

The order was issued around 1:30PM on Monday and will last for five days.

Deputies tell WOAY one person has been arrested after the body was found at a home in Lerona on Sunday.

The body has been sent for an autopsy and deputies are in the process of notifying the family.

ORIGINAL STORY: 4/1/18 LERONA, WV (WOAY)- Mercer County Sheriff Department Deputies are on the scene of a possible homicide in Lerona on Sunday Afternoon.

Dispatch told WOAY that the investigation is still on going and the cause of the death is unknown.

WOAY will continue to update on this developing story.

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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