Fight Follows Sentencing in High Profile Murder Case in Charleston; Two Arrested

UPDATE 6/24/14 @ 2 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A fight that broke out after a sentencing hearing involving a suspect in a high profile murder case in Charleston has landed two men in jail.

Terry Lee Phillips, 57, of Charleston, was arrested and charged with obstructing an officer. Anthony Bryant, 35, of Charleston, was arrested and charged with battery.

The fight started after Kelsey Legg was sentenced in connection with Kareem Hunter's death. Supporters for both sides started fighting when the hearing ended. The fight continued outside the Kanawha County Judicial Annex.

When the group, made up of supporters for both Legg and Hunter, started walking outside the courthouse, police officers and other courthouse employees attempted to disperse the crowd.

Deputies say several men, including Phillips and Bryant got into a verbal altercation and some of them were taking aggressive stances, preparing to fight. Police tried to separate the men, but when a deputy asked Phillips repeatedly to leave the area, he didn't leave.

According to the criminal complaint, when another deputy came over and told Phillips to leave, he started to talk while staring at the others on the sidewalk.

That's when Phillips was taken into custody and charged with obstructing a law enforcement officer attempting to restore order.

During the fight, police say Bryant pushed a female, causing her to fall to the ground and hit her head. The victim suffered minor injuries to her elbow and head.

During Tuesday's hearing before the fight broke out, Kelsey Legg was sentenced to 8 years in prison after she admitted to helping dispose of evidence and clean up the crime after Kareem Hunter was killed. Hunter was just 28 years old.

Hunter went missing in September of last year and his body was found a month later in a shallow grave near Beckley. Police believe he was killed in Legg's apartment in Marmet.

Family and friends of Hunter started yelling at the assistant prosecutor during the hearing saying Legg didn't get a harsh enough sentence. Prosecutor Dan Holstein tells WSAZ.com this is an emotional case, but without Legg's help they would not have caught the two people responsible for Hunter's death.

In March, Legg pleaded guilty to accessory after the fact and concealing a dead body. During her sentencing Tuesday, the judge ruled that she will get credit for the 158 days she has already served in jail.

Miguel Quinones and Deveron Patterson have been charged with murder in Hunter's death.



ORIGINAL STORY
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Three people were taken into custody after a fight broke out after a suspect in a high profile murder case was sentenced in Charleston.

Kelsey Legg was sentenced to 8 years in prison after she admitted to helping dispose of evidence and clean up the crime after Kareem Hunter was killed. He was just 28 years old.

He went missing in September of last year and his body was found a month later in a shallow grave near Beckley. Police believe he was killed in Legg's apartment in Marmet.

During the hearing Tuesday, family and friends of Hunter started yelling at the assistant prosecutor assigned to the case saying Legg didn't get a harsh enough sentence. Prosecutor Dan Holstein tells WSAZ.com this is an emotional case, but without Legg's help they would not have caught the two people responsible for Hunter's death.

Then, just as the hearing ended, several people got into a fight and it continued outside the Kanawha County Judicial Annex where three people were taken into custody. No other information is being released.

In March, Legg pleaded guilty to accessory after the fact and concealing a dead body. During her sentencing Tuesday, the judge ruled that she will get credit for the 158 days she has already served in jail.

Miguel Quinones and Deveron Patterson have been charged with murder in Hunter's death.

WSAZ.com has a crew at the courthouse gathering more information.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.


Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
powered by Disqus
WSAZ NewsChannel 3 645 Fifth Avenue Huntington, WV 25701 304-697-4780 WSAZ Charleston 111 Columbia Avenue Charleston, WV 25302 304-344-3521
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 264416831 - wsaz.com/a?a=264416831