UPDATE: 7/18/12 @ 6:50 p.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man from Kanawha County has pleaded guilty to second degree murder of 81-year-old Wilfred Naylor.
Ernest Young Jr. Made the plea in court Wednesday.
Young was accused of killing Naylor by beating him to death with a nightstick at his home in June 2011.
Deputies say blood was splattered everywhere inside the home and Naylor was left in a pool of blood on the floor.
"He had always been a shoulder to cry on and an ear that would listen," defendant Ernest Young said. "And more than anything, a friend."
Young told the judge he called on that friend to talk to during a bad time in his life. That's when Young says something unexpected happened.
"He made advances toward me sir and I told him I wasn't interested in his advances," Young said. "Then he attacked me."
Advances prosecutors say caused young to snap and in a fit of rage began beating 81-year-old even after he dropped to the floor.
"He was struck with several blows to the head," prosecuting attorney Charles Miller said. "He had numerous defensive wounds."
Police say Young took off with Naylor's Jeep following the beating. Deputies later made the gruesome discovery.
"Then after I don't remember much," Young said. "He was alive when I left."
Young did cooperate with the state in another Kanawha County murder case. In exchange for his testimony, a plea deal was reached with a second degree murder charge.
The defense asked for bond to be set for Young following his plea to second degree murder. The judge denied that request.
Young has a wife and three-year-old son. He will be sentenced in late August and will have to spend between 10 and 40 years behind bars. The state has recommended 20 years.
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Ernest Young Jr. made the plea in court Wednesday afternoon.
Naylor was killed in June 2011 at his home which is just off Kelley's Creek Road.
Deputies say Young beat Naylor to death with a club.
Young could face up to 40 years behind bars when he is sentenced. Prosecutors are recommending he be sentenced to 20 years in prison.
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Ernest Young, Jr. was in court Monday to be arraigned on the murder charge. During the hearing, Young pleaded not guilty.
Investigators say the two men were acquaintances and got into an argument.
Kanawha County Sheriff's Deputies say they believe Young used an old-style police club, a riot-style club made of wood, to strike the victim several times.
Young's trial is set for January 30.
Early Tuesday morning, they arrested Ernest Young Jr. and charged him with murder.
Investigators say the two men were acquaintances and got into an argument. They aren't saying what the argument was about -- only that Young took things way too far.
“We believe that Ernest Young used an old-style police club, a riot-style club made of wood, to strike the victim several times,” Lt. Sean Crosier said.
Kanawha County Sheriff's deputies say Young admitted to killing Naylor and then taking off with his Jeep.
“The only thing we've discovered missing from the house is the Jeep,” Crosier said. “We don't believe that drugs were involved. We don't believe that it was a robbery. What we do believe is that the murder actually was precipitated by an argument.”
Detectives located Naylor's Jeep Tuesday morning, not far from where the murder happened.
Young remains in the South Central Regional Jail.
The Kanawha County Sheriff's Office arrested 27-year-old Ernest Lyle Young Jr., shortly after midnight Tuesday.
Young Jr., who is from Handley, W.Va., was arrested without incident.
Saturday night, deputies found Naylor dead inside his house in Mammoth. According to the criminal complaint, Young admitted to hitting Naylor with a club that was inside the house.
Deputies say, the attack happened after a fight.
Following his arrest, Young Jr. was taken to the the South Central Regional Jail.
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Saturday night, deputies found Wilfred Naylor dead inside his house in Mammoth.
Deputies aren’t releasing details about how Naylor was killed. Regardless, it has been a tough time for his neighbors.
“He was the best friend I had,” Annie Johnson, Naylor’s next-door neighbor, said. “He went out in his jeep Thursday to the post office and back. That's the last time I seen him.”
Other neighbors say they hadn't seen Naylor since Friday. Saturday evening, worry set in and the sheriff's department was called to come check on him. When they arrived, they found him dead.
“It hurt me 'til I tell you I couldn't hardly stand it,” Johnson said. “I walked back and forth through the yard and up there and back down here.”
Neighbors like Johnson say Naylor had lived there for as long as they can remember, and they just can't come up with a reason as to why anyone would kill an 81-year-old man.
“I was in a car wreck about a year ago, and about every day he'd either call down here or come down here 'til I got better,” Johnson said.
If you have any information about Naylor’s death, call the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office at (304) 357-0169.
Detective Sean Snuffer says 81-year-old Wilfred Naylor was found dead in his home on Launa Drive off of Kelly's Creek Road.
Snuffer says they were asked to check on Naylor's health and well-being. They arrived to his home at about 8:30 p.m. Saturday and found him deceased.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office at 304-357-0169.
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Deputies were called to a home on Launa Drive, which is just off Kelly's Creek Road near Cedar Grove, Saturday evening.
They have roped off the house with crime scene tape and a Crime Scene Unit has been positioned in the driveway.
Deputies are not releasing any information about what kind of crime they are investigating, but neighbors say a body was found in the home.
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