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NEW INFO: Plea in Ceredo Fatal Hit-and-Run Accident

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UPDATE 11/16/12 @ 9 a.m.
WAYNE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- No jail time for the driver charged with hitting and killing a woman who was walking along U.S. 60 near Ceredo.

Jackie Hewlett, 40, of Ceredo, W.Va., was in Wayne County Circuit Court Thursday where he pleaded no contest to felony leaving the scene of an accident causing death.

Prosecutor Tom Plymale tells WSAZ.com that the misdemeanor charge of negligent homicide was dismissed.

38-year-old Candy Mallory, of Ceredo, was walking home from a bar about 2:30 a.m. when she was hit along U.S. 60 near Camden Park in July 2011. Her body was found some 30 to 40 feet over a wooded embankment.

Plymale tells WSAZ.com that it would have been difficult to prove negligent homicide since investigators found that Mallory was intoxicated and walking on or near the white line along the side of the road when she was hit.

Following the plea, Hewlett was sentenced to five years probation and ordered to complete 100 hours of community service. A three-year prison sentence was suspended since he had no criminal history.

Plymale said that before the sentencing, an interpreter for Hewlett, who is deaf, read a very short letter to the court where Hewlett apologized to the Mallory family for what had happened.

Hewlett entered the plea on the day his trial was supposed to start. He was indicted and arrested on the charges in November of last year.

Four days after the accident, Hewlett’s car was found and impounded by West Virginia State Police.

Shorty before the indictment, investigators said that DNA evidence confirmed it was in fact the car that hit Mallory.



UPDATE 11/29/11 @ 8:10 p.m.
WAYNE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- It was a horrible accident that killed a woman.

Now, it's up to the court system to decide if the man responsible for her death should be punished.

Jackie Hewlett, 40, of Ceredo, W.Va., was in court Tuesday -- accused of hitting and killing Candy Mallory with his car on U.S. 60 near Camden Park. It happened in July as Mallory was walking home from a bar. She was 38 years old and also lived in Ceredo.

It's a case that's drawing deep emotion from both sides.

“My mom's not going to ever get out of being dead. I'm not going to get to see her again,” Kristin Lovisa said.

Kristin is still deeply grieving the loss of her mother. Mallory died on impact and was thrown 30 to 40 feet over a wooded embankment.

“They were both in the wrong," Kristin said. "She was drinking. But, his actions kind of trump hers. Somebody ended up dead."

Kristin, of course, was referring to Hewlett -- the man accused of hitting Mallory. Police identified his car as the vehicle that hit her, including through DNA evidence.

“At the location where Candy Mallory's body was found, (Jackie Hewlett) thought he struck a deer,” West Virginia State Police Trooper D.J. Chapman said.

But, now Hewlett is charged with negligent homicide and leaving the scene of a crime.

“Due to vehicular strike, she hit the bumper and rolled up onto the hood and her head, then hit the windshield,” Chapman said.

It's information that has been difficult to communicate because Hewlett is hearing impaired.

“He's having a real hard time," his sister Missy Moran said. "It's hard to comprehend what's going on especially when you can't hear what's going on."

Wayne County Prosecutor Tom Plymale said, "I don't have any concern. The trooper was clear when he took the statement that Jackie understood what was going on."

All of that aside, Mallory's husband, Robert, wants to make sure Hewlett is held accountable for taking a life.

“If he serves time, it's going to change him," Robert Mallory said. "It's going to change his whole life, but it's not going to be as bad as ours."

Hewlett's case was bound over to the grand jury. Bond also was lowered from $50,000 to $25,000.



UPDATE 11/29/11 @ 4 p.m.
WAYNE, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A grand jury will now hear the case of the man arrested and charged in the death of Candy Mallory.

Last week, West Virginia State Police arrested 40-year-old Jackie Dale Hewlett, of Ceredo.

Hewlett is charged with negligent homicide and leaving the scene of an accident causing death or injury.

Mallory, 38, of Ceredo, was killed while along walking along U.S. Route 60, just east of Ceredo, about 2:30 a.m. on July 10.

Four days later, Hewlett’s car was found and impounded by West Virginia State Police.

Investigators say DNA evidence recently confirmed it was in fact the car that hit Mallory.

Tuesday, Hewlett had his preliminary hearing in Wayne County Magistrate Court.

Following testimony, the case was bound over to the next grand jury.

His bond was also reduced to $25,000.

Both Hewlett’s and Mallory’s families attended the hearing.

Hewlett remains in the Western Regional Jail.

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UPDATE 11/23/11 @ 7:30 p.m.
WAYNE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Arrested and charged with negligent homicide, a man is behind bars in the hit-and-run death of Candy Mallory.

Police say Jackie Hewlett, 40, hit Mallory, who was 38, with his car last summer on U.S. 60 near Camden Park, knocking her over a steep embankment.

Now, Hewlett's family says it was all a horrible accident that he helped police solve from the beginning.

Missy Moran said Hewlett, who's her brother, would never intentionally hurt anyone or cover up a crime. Moran says not only did her brother immediately return to the scene of the accident after he felt his car hit something, but he also shared that information with his family. They, in turn, called police, Moran said.

“He honestly thought he hit a deer,” she said.

Moran says the night police say Hewlett hit Mallory, he felt confident there was nothing to worry about.

“He said he turned around and went back," Moran said. "He got out and looked around, and there was nothing there.”

But, she says they first saw news reports two days later about Mallory's death on that same roadway. She was hit in an area just west of Camden Park and just east of Ceredo as she was walking home in darkness.

Again, Moran said her brother thought he had hit a deer.

“I asked Jackie, 'How did you not know it was a person?' He said, 'I just didn't see. It was too dark, too foggy, and I was exhausted and in a hurry to get home,' ” Moran said.

That's when she called police, hoping to get some answers and help them. But, she says their interrogation of her brother didn't go well, explaining that he is deaf.

“He couldn't understand what they were trying to say and he couldn't make it plain what he wanted them to understand,” Moran said. “Jackie is not a person who would hurt anybody. He has two children, he works hard. He hasn't even had a ticket."

She added, “But, any time a life is taken, someone should be held responsible."

We spoke with Robert Mallory, Candy's husband. He also thinks someone should be held accountable. But, he also said he understands this was a terrible accident. He said he doesn't want Hewlett to go away for life, but does want him to pay in some way for what he's done.

Robert Mallory accuses Hewlett of trying to hide his car and cover up the crime.

Moran says, though, that her brother's car was parked at his home in plain view on the street in Ceredo -- two blocks from the police station.

Hewlett's charged with negligent homicide and leaving the scene of an accident. He could face up to six years in prison.



UPDATE 11/22/11 @ 2:45 p.m.
WAYNE, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man from Ceredo has been arrested and charged in the death of Candy Mallory.

West Virginia State Police arrested 40-year-old Jackie Dale Hewlett Tuesday morning.

Hewlett is charged with negligent homicide and leaving the scene of an accident causing death or injury.

DNA collected from a piece of the car that was impounded confirmed that it was in fact the car that hit and killed Candy Mallory.

Mallory, 38, of Ceredo, was killed while along walking along U.S. Route 60, just east of Ceredo, about 2:30 a.m. on July 10.

Her body was found several hours later. West Virginia State Police say she was hit so hard her body was thrown 30 to 40 feet over an embankment.

Four days later, a suspect's car was found and impounded by West Virginia State Police.

Evidence collected from the vehicle indicates that Hewlett hit Mallory.

Wayne County Prosecutor Tom Plymale tells WSAZ.com that the family is feeling relieved that an arrest has been made in connection with Mallory's death.

Hewlett has been booked into the Western Regional Jail.

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UPDATE 8/16/11 @ 5 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- It has been five weeks since a woman walking down the road in the middle of the night was hit by a car and killed.

Candy Mallory, 38, was walking along U.S. Route 60, just east of Ceredo, around 2:30 a.m. July 10.

Her body was found several hours later. West Virginia State Police say she was hit so hard her body was thrown 30 to 40 feet over an embankment.

Five days later, a suspect's car was found. No one has been arrested, though, but that may soon change.

WSAZ.com has learned a big break may come in the case as early as next week. We know that's the hope of the lead investigator in the possible criminal case.

After the suspected hit-and-run car was found and a suspect driver was named, that car went to a much backlogged state crime lab garage.
Police say the car is now finally processed, and now the case can move forward. It may bring a grieving family some possible closure.

State Police Trooper D.J. Chapman tells us the suspected car, with damage to the front end and windshield, is a Chevrolet Cavalier.

That car was discovered with tips from WSAZ.com viewers. The trooper says he hopes to see the lab report findings on the car as soon as next week.

He says if those lab results call for an arrest, police will not wait until the next Wayne County grand jury in November, but get a warrant and make the arrest right away.

There's no word yet on what possible charges that arrest might include.

Chapman says there's no guarantee on the lab results coming in next week -- that's just an investigator's, as well as the family's, hope.

Police say they are not worried that the suspect in this hit-and-run case might flee the area



UPDATE 8/16/11 @ 11 a.m.
WAYNE, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Tests have been completed on a car that West Virginia State Police believe was involved in a deadly hit and run accident.

The body of 38-year-old Candy Mallory was found over an embankment along Route 60 near Ceredo last month.

Senior Trooper D. J. Chapman tells WSAZ.com that investigators are now waiting on those tests results from the state crime lab before taking the next step in the case. Chapman hopes the results on the car will come back next week.

The car is a late 90’s model Chevy Cavalier.

Investigators believe the driver was likely traveling at a high rate of speed when Mallory was hit. Her body was found about 30 to 40 feet over the guardrail.

Chapman says if the results call for an arrest they will take immediate action and not wait for the next grand jury.

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UPDATE 7/15/11 @ 12 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- West Virginia State Troopers in Wayne County tell WSAZ.com they have a suspect in the Ceredo fatal hit and run case.

Candy Mallory, 38, was hit and killed while walking on Route 60 during the weekend.

Troopers say Thursday night they found a car they believe was involved in that accident.

It's being tested in a lab to determine whether it was involved in the crime.

Troopers say they're working with the prosecuting attorney in Wayne County to determine what charges, if any, will be filed against the suspect.

So far, no arrests have been made.

We have a crew in Wayne County. Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.



UPDATE 7/14/11 @ 10:50 a.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- West Virginia State Police continue to check out leads in the hit and run death of a woman from Kenova.

The body of 38-year-old Candy Mallory was found over an embankment along Route 60 near Ceredo Sunday morning.

On Tuesday, troopers announced they were looking for 1995 to 1999 Chevrolet Cavalier with front end damage.

Senior Trooper D.J. Chapman told WSAZ.com that the driver was likely traveling at a high rate of speed when Mallory was hit. Her body was found about 30 to 40 feet over the guardrail.

Thursday, Chapman tells WSAZ.com they have received nearly four dozens calls about Cavaliers with front end damage.

Chapman says he expected to a get a significant number of calls because of the car’s popularity in our area.

Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or the West Virginia State Police in Huntington or Wayne.



UPDATE 7/12/11 @ 5:30 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Police need your help to get a hit-and-run killer off the streets.

The plea comes after new information about a woman's body discovered during the weekend -- found hurled over a highway guardrail.

Police want to help Candy Mallory’s grieving Wayne County family with some sort of closure.

Mallory, 38, was walking along U.S. 60 near Camden Park sometime after 2 a.m. Saturday.

Medical information that has been released means police can now talk about the suspected car involved.

State Police Senior Trooper D.J. Chapman says the medical examiners report confirms that Mallory’s fatal injures are consistent with being hit by a vehicle.

Witnesses say Mallory left the Raging Bull bar after a night of drinking. She was walking west along U.S. 60 in the wee hours.

That’s when the lead investigator says she was likely not placed down the embankment after the hit and run, but hurled over a guardrail after a high-speed collision

“Looking at the extent of her injuries, there was probably enough force to send her over the guardrail and down the embankment, “ Chapman said.

Chapman says evidence found at the scene points to a 1995 to 1999 model Chevrolet Cavalier as the possible hit-and-run vehicle, and police need your help to find the suspected killing car.

“We're looking for vehicles damaged in the front end. Especially Cavaliers, but not just Cavaliers," Chapman said. "We want to solve this as quickly as possible for the family's sake."

After placing a memorial wreath at the site where Mallory was killed, her family hopes someone will step forward with information that will lead to a hit-and-run arrest.

“Look around and see if a car was wrecked two days ago," Candy Mallory's husband Robert said. "If it was, you need to call and say, 'Maybe I don't know this person, but let's check it out.' ”

Police say Candy Mallory was hit and killed on the westbound side of U.S. 60. It happened across from Big Red's Trading Post, just west of Camden Park.



UPDATE 7/12/11 @ 10:30 a.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- West Virginia State Police need help in locating the driver of a car that they say hit and killed a woman from Kenova early Sunday morning.

The body of 38-year-old Candy Mallory was found over an embankment along Route 60 near Ceredo at about 10 a.m. Sunday.

Tuesday morning, West Virginia State Police Trooper D.J. Chapman told WSAZ.com that they are looking for 1995 to 1999 Chevrolet Cavalier with front end damage. Chapman says the driver was likely traveling at a high rate of speed when Mallory was hit.

Mallory’s body was found about 30 to 40 feet over the guardrail.

They believe she was hit sometime after 2:30 a.m.

Chapman also says the medical examiner’s report indicates that Mallory died from injuries consistent with being hit by a car.

Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or the West Virginia State Police in Huntington or Wayne.

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UPDATE 7/11/11 @ 6:30 p.m.
WAYNE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Police continue to piece together what happened after a woman's body was found over a highway guardrail in Ceredo.

Candy Mallory’s husband Robert led the family pilgrimage Monday to where a wreath now lies on U.S. Route 60; It's about 30 or 40 feet above the spot where fishermen found the 38-year-old wife and mother's body Sunday morning.

West Virginia State Police in Wayne County say Candy was last seen leaving the nearby Raging Bull bar sometime after midnight Friday.

She drove to the bar with her daughter, who then left.

The bar owner says Candy was drinking but not staggering drunk when she walked out and headed left - even though the more than 3 mile walk home was to the right.

Robert, and her daughter Kristin say they tried and failed when calling and sending text messages to Candy, offering her a ride home.

The couple was not allowed in the bar together after a history of domestic disputes.

Police say Candy Mallory’s injuries are consistent with someone who was hit by a car.

However, police would not say whether the possible hit and run driver hit Candy hard enough to throw her over the guard rail - or if someone may have stopped, panicked and threw the body over.

Investigators did say items found at the scene support the hit-by-a-vehicle observation. But, they won’t say positively yet that Candy Mallory even attempted to walk home from the bar.

Angry family members say if this was a hit and run - that driver has no heart or soul.

“My thing is somebody may have picked her up and done something to her, and dropped her off there, then someone else came by and hit her or drove back around and hit her, but someone should have stopped," said Robert.

He also said if someone, either involved or passing by had called 911 to report something unusual, his wife might be alive today.

West Virginia State Police in Wayne County are asking anyone who saw something unusual early Saturday morning along U.S. Route 60 East in Ceredo to give them a call.



UPDATE 7/10/11 @ 11 p.m.
WAYNE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A family is grieving after a mother of three was found dead Sunday in Ceredo.

West Virginia State Police say they're treating this as a homicide investigation.

They say the victim is 38-year-old Candy Mallory of Kenova. Police say she was reported missing Saturday by her husband and was last seen at the Raging Bull Club on Piedmont Road, half a mile from where her body was found.

Mallory's body was discovered across from Big Red's Trading Post just past Huntington. The owner of that store says Sunday morning, two young men went over the guardrail and down on the bank of 12-Pole Creek by Route 60.

He says they came back up and told him they'd found a body of a woman. They called police around 10 a.m.

Crime scene units from the West Virginia State Police were on the scene until about 4 p.m. Sunday.

Kristin Lovisa is Mallory's daughter. She says she last saw her Friday night at the Raging Bull.

Kristin left, not imagining that would be the last time she'd she her.

"We lost someone very important,” Lovisa said. “She's not gonna see me get married. She's not gonna see me have kids. She's not gonna see her younger kids grow up."

Witnesses say Mallory walked out of the bar, apparently headed home, but that was the last time anyone saw her alive.

Those who knew her say Mallory was a loving, caring person. She was studying at ITT Tech to become a nurse.

Joanne Coyne was good friends with Mallory. She was devastated when she found out her life had come to an abrupt end.

"She was a sweet person, and nobody deserves to die like that, just disposed of on the side of the road," she said.

Route 60 from Camden Park to the floodwall in Ceredo was closed while they investigated the scene.

Police say the body was taken to the State Medical Examiner's Office to determine the exact cause of death.

If you have any information you think may be helpful, you're asked to call state police.



ORIGINAL STORY 7/10/11
CEREDO, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A body has been found over an embankment in Wayne County.

Ceredo Police tell WSAZ.com the body was found just after 10:00 a.m. Sunday over an embankment off of U.S. Route 60 East in Ceredo.

They say West Virginia State Police are investigating.

West Virginia State Police say they have crime scene units on the scene.

Wayne County 911 dispatchers say U.S. Route 60 East from Camden Park to the floodwall in Ceredo is closed "indefinitely."

WSAZ.com has a crew headed to the scene.

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