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UPDATE: One Man Accused Of Murdering Another Inmate Waives Preliminary Hearing

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UPDATE: (February 28, 2019, AT 2 PM) BEAVER, WV (WOAY) – One of three inmates accused of murdering another inmate has waived his preliminary hearing.

Dallas Lauschin 21, of Princeton, waived his preliminary hearing today. Kevin Whittaker, 38, was found unresponsive in his cell on Saturday, February 16, 2019, at around 8 pm. In the criminal complaint, it says that the victim pressed the button in his cell to notify officials that he needed attention but was there for an hour and a 1/2 before he got any help.

Anothny Johnson, 41 and Thomes Jones 33, are also charged for murder all three suspects were housed in the same section.

The cause of death is still under investigation.

Stay with WOAY-TV for further updates on this developing story.

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Original Story: (February 19, 2019, AT 4:30 PM) – BEAVER, WV (WOAY) – Three people arrested for murder after an inmate in Southern Regional Jail was found dead.

Police tell WOAY that on Saturday, February 16th, 2019, at around 8 pm, Kevin Whittaker, 38, was found unresponsive in his cell. The investigation is ongoing, but three people have been charged with first-degree murder. Anthony Johnson, 41, Dallas Lauschin 21, and Thomas Jones, 33, is charged and were all housed in the same section.

The victim was taken to the hospital and was pronounced dead.

The cause of death is still under investigation.

Stay with WOAY News for further updates 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 tbarker@woay.com


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