UPDATE: Man Found Guilty in Mingo County Murder Trial

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 5/7/14 @ 4:05 p.m.
WILLIAMSON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man has been found guilty of murdering his girlfriend, who was also his third cousin.

A jury in Mingo County found Donald Medley, 45, guilty of first degree murder and concealment of a deceased human being in the death of 55-year-old Evelyn Farnum.

The jury deliberated for about four hours before reaching the verdict Wednesday afternoon.

Farnum went missing on December 30, 2012. Her body was found a week later in her SUV in Laurel Lake.

Donald had reported Farnum missing, then admitted to killing her.

The jury recommended a life sentence with mercy for Donald, meaning he will be eligible for parole.

Donald's brother Gregory, 46, is also charged in the case. Investigators say after Donald killed Farnum, he called his brother and the two men pushed the SUV into the lake.

Gregory will go on trial later this year for concealement of a deceased human being and conspiracy.



UPDATE 5/7/14 @ 3:30 p.m.
WILLIAMSON, W.Va. (WSAZ) – A jury is deliberating the fate of one two brothers charged with killing a Mingo County woman in 2012.

Donald Medley, 45, is charged with murder, concealment of a deceased human being and conspiracy in the death of 55-year-old Evelyn Farnum.

Farnum went missing on December 30, 2012. Investigators found her body in her SUV in Laurel Lake on January 5, 2013, after receiving a tip from a witness.

It was Donald Medley who reported her missing. Investigators say he was her boyfriend and third cousin.

Troopers said Donald confessed to killing Farnum.

Court officials say jurors got the case shortly before noon on Wednesday.

Donald Medley’s brother, Gregory, is also charged for his alleged role in the murder.

Investigators say after killing Farnum, Donald called Gregory and the two men pushed the SUV into the lake.

Gregory, 46, is charged concealment of a deceased human being and conspiracy.

His trial is set for later this year.

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UPDATE 5/5/14 @ 3:45 p.m.
WILLIAMSON, W.Va. (WSAZ) – The prosecution has rested its case for one of two brothers charged in connection with a murder in Mingo County back in 2012.

Donald Medley, 45, is charged with murder, concealment of a deceased human being and conspiracy in the death of 55-year-old Evelyn Farnum.

Farnum went missing on December 30, 2012. Investigators found her body in her SUV in Laurel Lake on January 5, 2013, after receiving a tip from a witness.

It was Donald Medley who reported her missing. Investigators say he was her boyfriend and third cousin.

Troopers said Donald confessed to killing Farnum.

The defense began call its witnesses Monday afternoon.

Senior Status Judge Thomas Keadle is presiding over the trial taking place in Mingo County Circuit Court.

Donald Medley’s brother, Gregory, is also charged for his alleged role in the murder.

Investigators say after killing Farnum, Donald called Gregory and the two men pushed the SUV into the lake.

Gregory, 46, is charged concealment of a deceased human being and conspiracy.

His trial is set for later this year.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.



UPDATE 5/1/14 @ 10:15 a.m.
WILLIAMSON, W.Va. (WSAZ) – Prosecution testimony continues for one of two brothers charged in connection with a murder in Mingo County back in 2012.

Donald Medley, 45, is charged with murder, concealment of a deceased human being and conspiracy in the death of 55-year-old Evelyn Farnum.

Farnum went missing on December 30, 2012. Investigators found her body in her SUV in Laurel Lake on January 5, 2013, after receiving a tip from a witness.

It was Donald Medley who reported her missing. Investigators say he was her boyfriend and third cousin.

Troopers said Donald confessed to killing Farnum.

Senior Status Judge Thomas Keadle is presiding over Donald's trial in Mingo County Circuit Court.

The trial is expected to go into the first part of next week.

Donald Medley’s brother, Gregory, is also charged for his alleged role in the murder.

Investigators say after killing Farnum, Donald called Gregory and the two men pushed the SUV into the lake.

Gregory, 46, is charged concealment of a deceased human being and conspiracy.

His trial is set for later this year.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.



ORIGINAL STORY 4/30/14
WILLIAMSON, W.Va. (WSAZ) – The trial for one of two brothers charged in connection with a murder in Mingo County is scheduled to get underway with jury selection Wednesday morning.

Donald Medley, 45, is charged with murder, concealment of a deceased human being and conspiracy in the death of 55-year-old Evelyn Farnum.

Farnum went missing on December 30, 2012. Investigators found her body in her SUV in Laurel Lake on January 5 after receiving a tip from a witness.

The man who reported her missing was her boyfriend and third cousin, Donald Medley.

Donald was charged with murder on January 4, 2013, after troopers say he confessed to killing Farnum.

"They had gotten into a fight, he became angered with her -- supposedly grabbed her, choked her to death and struck her in the face," said Trooper J.J. Dean of the West Virginia State Police following Medley’s arrest..

Investigators said Medley then called his brother Gregory for help.

They say the two men pushed the SUV into the lake.

Gregory, 46, is charged concealment of a deceased human being and conspiracy.

His trial is set for later this year.

Senior Status Judge Thomas Keadle is presiding over Donald Medley’s trial in Mingo County Circuit Court.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.


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