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UPDATE: Wayne County Man Sentenced for Role in Second Murder

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

UPDATE 2/26/13
MORGAN COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- A man from Wayne County, W.Va., already sentenced to life in prison for the murder of his father, was sentenced Monday to an additional years for his role in another murder.

Last month, 37-year-old Shane Elkins pleaded guilty to complicity to murder in connection with the death of Michael Dean Bartlety, of Ezel, Ky. The plea took place in Morgan County, Ky. Circuit Court.

Kentucky State Police say that in 1988, Shane Elkins drove his father, Melvin Elkins, to Kentucky and that his father was the one who killed Bartley.

Elkins was not indicted for his role Bartley’s murder until August 2011.

Court officials in Morgan County say Elkins was sentenced to five years on the conspiracy charge during a hearing Monday.

Elkins is already serving a life in the Mount Olive Correctional Center for the shooting death of his father in 2009.

That murder happened in the front yard of his father’s home in Glenhayes in 2007. Elkins pleaded guilty to the murder.



UPDATE 1/31/13
MORGAN COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- A man from Wayne County, W.Va., already convicted of murdering his father, has admitted his role in another murder and State Police say his father was also involved.

On Monday, 37-year-old Shane Elkins pleaded guilty to complicity to murder in connection with the death of Michael Dean Bartlety, of Ezel, Ky. The plea took place in Morgan County, Ky. Circuit Court.

Prosecutors say that Bartley was struck several times in the head and died in his front yard. This was back in 1988.

Kentucky State Police say that Shane Elkins drove his father, Melvin Elkins, to Kentucky and that his father was the one who killed Bartley.

Elkins was not indicted for his role in the murder until August 2011.

At the time, Elkins was in the Mount Olive Correctional Center serving a life sentence for the shooting death of his father.

That murder happened in the front yard of his father’s home in Glenhayes in 2007. Elkins pleaded guilty to the murder in 2009.

Elkins will be sentenced on the conspiracy charge next month.



UPDATED 8/24/11
MOREHEAD, Ky. (WSAZ) -- A man convicted of murder in West Virginia is now facing another murder charge.

Shane Elkins, 36, of Menifee County, Ky., was indicted by a grand jury in Morgan County, Ky. on August 18.

The charges stem back to a 1998 murder case in Morgan County where Michael Dean Bartley was killed. State Police say Bartley was struck several times in the head and died in his front yard.

Detective Donnie McGraw with the Kentucky State Police has been investigating the cold case. On August 23, he obtained warrants for Elkins and charged him with murder.

Elkins is currently in the Mount Olive Correctional Center in West Virginia. According to correctional center officials, Elkins is serving a life sentence with parole for murdering his father in Wayne County, W.Va. in 2007.

At the time of the murder, police said Elkins shot his father Melvin Elkins in the chest. It happened in the front yard of Melvin Elkins' home in Glenhayes. He was 56-years-old.

Elkins pleaded guilty to the murder of his father and was sentenced in 2009.



ORIGINAL STORY 11/2007
WAYNE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- 56-year old Melvin Elkins was shot and killed Sunday afternoon in Wayne County.

WV State Police have arrested Elkins' son, Shane, and charged him with first degree murder. He is in the Western Regional jail.

The shooting happened on Lost Creek Road in Glenhayes.

Wayne County 911 received calls shortly after 1:30 p.m. Sunday from neighbors who said they heard gunshots.

State Police tell wsaz.com that Melvin Elkins was shot in the chest, at close range, and that it happened in the front yard of his house. Troopers say a handgun was used in the shooting.

They also tell us because there were no witnesses, they do not know have a motive right now .

Community members say Melvin Elkins was a well-liked neighbor.

22-year old Shane Elkins will be arraigned on the murder charge sometime on Monday.


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