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UPDATE: Man Pleads Guilty to Killing Girlfriend in Putnam County

By: Brooks Jarosz, WSAZ News Staff Email
By: Brooks Jarosz, WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 9/28/12 @ 5:41 p.m.
PUTNAM COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- It’s been just over a year since Brad Booth’s sister was murdered.

Now, they have some closure to the case as a man pleads guilty to shooting and killing Debra Rosiek.

"No, there's no remorse. None,” said Brad Booth, brother of Debra Rosiek, who was killed last year.

Eric Pauley pleaded guilty on Friday to first-degree murder in the shooting death of his girlfriend, Debra Rosiek, last September at their trailer in Winfield.

"She woke me up. It made me mad when she woke me up like that in the middle of the night," Pauley said, explaining the events that led up to him killing Rosiek.

So, Pauley said in court, they started arguing for a few minutes, then he shot her four times, killing her.

Afterwards, Pauley went to the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department and gave them the keys to his trailer, told them he murdered Rosiek and that the gun was in his car.

"Do I think he deserves more? Yeah. But I don't think my niece can take much more of it -- it's pretty hard on her," Booth said.

Pauley will be eligible for parole in 15 years.

But no matter how long the sentence, Booth says no length of time would ever be enough.

"In 15 years I'll be at the parole meeting -- and we'll fight another battle then," Booth said.

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UPDATE 9/28/12 @ 12:25 p.m.
PUTNAM COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man has admitted to shooting and killing his girlfriend.

Eric Pauley pleaded guilty to first-degree murder.

Pauley shot Debra Rosiek four times at their trailer in Winfield last September. She died from her injuries.

After shooting Rosiek, Pauley went to the Sheriff's Department, handed over the keys to the house, and told deputies he killed Rosiek. He also told deputies that the gun he used was in his car.

Pauley was sentenced to life with mercy. That means he will be eligible for parole in 15 years.

We have a crew in the courtroom.

Coming up new tonight at 6 p.m. we will have reaction to the verdict from Rosiek's family.

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UPDATE 9/28/11 @ 1 p.m.
PUTNAM COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The case against a Putnam man who is charged in the death of his girlfriend is headed to the grand jury.

Eric Pauley, 49, was back in court Wednesday for his preliminary hearing.

Pauley was charged with first-degree murder on September 17, after he admitted to shooting and killing his girlfriend, Debra Rosiek, 52, at a home in Winfield Mobile Home Village.

During Wednesday's hearing, the State Medical Examiner testified that Rosiek was shot four times; three times in the chest, once in the hand.

Michael Davis, a deputy with the Putnam County Sheriff's Department also took the stand Wednesday.

The deputy told the magistrate that Pauley came to the back door of the sheriff's department and pounded on the door and when he answered Pauley asked for an attorney and then wanted to talk to a deputy.

When the deputy told Pauley an attorney wouldn't be available until the next day, Pauley told him he would just talk to him. That's when he admitted to shooting and killing Rosiek, according to the deputy.

The deputy also testified that Pauley handed him a key to his mobile home and then told them the gun he used in the crime was in his vehicle parked outside of the sheriff's department. Deputies later located the gun inside the vehicle, exactly where he told them it was located. The weapon was a 45-caliber gun.

When deputies went to Pauley's home they found Rosiek's body and issued a search warrant to process the crime scene.

The medical examiner says the state of the body indicated it have been lying by the bedside for several hours.

The deputy who first talked to Pauley says he did not appear to be on drugs or alcohol when he arrived at the sheriff's department. The deputy testified Pauley appeared coherent and answered all of their questions. However, they did find a bag of prescription drugs on him, according to the deputy.

The magistrate found probable and sent the case to the grand jury.



UPDATE 9/19/11 @ 6:15 p.m.
OAK HILL, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The daughter of a woman found murdered in her own home over the weekend says she wants answers just days after her mother's death.

Misty Hall spoke out Monday from her home in Oak Hill, calling her mother's boyfriend and confessed killer "evil." Now, she wants the public to know who her mother was and why she will be missed so much.

"I want people to remember what a great person she was," Hall said.

Pictures and memories are all Hall has left to remember her mother, Deborah Rosiek. Saturday night, Rosiek was found murdered in her own home. She was shot three times in the chest by her boyfriend, Eric Pauley, who admitted to police he pulled the trigger.

"My mom was the victim," Hall said. "She was murdered. I don't care what the motive is. No one deserves to be shot several times in the chest. My kids and I have to live with this."

Rosiek's daughter is devastated, and she continues to battle emotions of loss and anger at Pauley.

"I never liked him from the beginning," Hall said. "I thought he was weird. He had guns in his house.

"I told my mom many times, I said, 'One of these days you guys are going to get in an argument, and he's going to end up shooting you or something.' He's just not right."

During the weekend, those fears turned into reality. But Hall, like many others, was shocked to discover Pauley had turned himself in to police.

"I couldn't believe it," Hall said. "Because if he was smart, he would have just killed himself. But I thank God that he didn't, because he's going to suffer every single day in jail. He will pay for it, until the end of it; he will pay."



ORIGINAL STORY 9/18/11
WINFIELD, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man showed up to the sheriff's department and told deputies he shot and killed his girlfriend and now he's in jail.

Putnam County Sheriff's deputies tell WSAZ.com Eric Pauley, 49, killed his girlfriend Saturday at a home in Winfield Mobile Home Village.

Pauley was banging on the door of the sheriff's department just before 10 p.m.

He told deputies he had shot his girlfriend and thought she was dead, handing police the key to her home.

Police obtained a search warrant and found Debra Rosiek, 52, dead from several gunshot wounds to the chest.

The scene was quickly taped off as crime detectives moved in.

Pauley was arrested and charged with first degree murder.

He is in the Western Regional Jail without bond.

Detectives say they have a motive but are not releasing it at this time.

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