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UPDATE: Man Sentenced in Cold Case Murder; Family Reacts

By: Anna Baxter, Jennifer Rizzi Email
By: Anna Baxter, Jennifer Rizzi Email

UPDATE 4/12/13 @ 10:20 p.m.
NICHOLAS COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man who pleaded guilty to the brutal murder of two people has been sentenced to 15 years behind bars.

Jonathan Fields admitted to killing 29-year-old April Moore and 73-year-old Howard Delp in 2007. Both were found beaten to death inside Delp's home along Panther Creek Road near Nettie.
Moore's family says she had been working in Delp's home as a caretaker.

Friday afternoon, they faced her murderer for the first time as he received his sentence in the courtroom.

"It's what I was praying for, but I don't think it's closure," said April's mother, Rose Moore. "I will never have closure."

Rose says she was plagued by questions about her daughter's death for five long years, but now has mixed emotions about finally getting the answers she sought.

"Once you know, you can't get it out of your mind," she said.

Fields apologized to April Moore's family in the courtroom, saying he suffered after the murder of his own father in Nicholas County years ago.

"After six years, I hope that me being incarcerated can help you sleep at night, and I hope the nightmares go away," he said. "I can never imagine what it feels like to lose a kid."

But Rose says no amount of words can bring back her beloved daughter, whom she described as "funny, beautiful, and outgoing."

"They need the death penalty back, and they need the chain gang back," she said. "Kill someone and get 15 years? I don't agree with it."

Fields was indicted in connection with the murder in September.

Another man, Rodney Snodgrass Jr., also was indicted but was later dismissed.

Prosecutors say drugs were the motive behind the double murder.



UPDATE 9/13/12 @ 10:30 p.m.
NICHOLAS COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The family of a woman murdered five years ago is shocked after learning that her suspected killers are now arrested.

April Moore, 28, was found beaten to death in 2007 along with 73-year-old Howard Delp in Nettie. They were found in Howard's home on Panther Creek Road - April's family says she had been working there as a caretaker.

According to a news release, Jonathan Fields, 29, of Nettie, and Rodney Snodgrass Jr, 29, of Summersville, have been charged in the deaths.

April's family members say they had all but given up hope on finding the suspects. They say they contacted investigators weekly for updates, and held candlelight vigils every year in April's memory.

Her mother, Rose Moore, says she felt like community support had been waning in recent months, and they had all but given up hope.

"It had been years, and you never heard anymore about the case," she said.

Rose and her sister Teresa hope the arrests will bring April closer to justice, but they say that closure is still a long way off.

"I think they should lock them up and never let them out," Teresa said.

"I know it's harsh to say, but sometimes I think they should deserve the same thing [April] got," Rose said. "They got five years of pleasure, and all this time we've suffered."

The 2007 cold case is now a step closer to being solved, but a family's pain is still left unresolved.

"I just feel full of rage and hate...I know it sounds cruel and I'm not really that kind of person, but I just feel that way now," Rose said.

April's family says they're still struggling with questions about the motives and specifics of the case. They say they can't have a full sense of closure until those questions are answered.



UPDATE 9/13/12 @ 8:30 a.m.
NICHOLAS COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- After more than five years, investigators have finally charged two people in a double murder in Nicholas County.

According to a news release, Jonathan Fields, 29, Nettie, and Rodney Snodgrass Jr, 29, of Summersville, have been charged in the deaths of April Moore, 29, of Nettie, and Howard Delp, 73, of Nettie.

Investigators say they found the bodies of Delp and Moore at Howard's home on Panther Creek Road back in May 2007.

No one was ever arrested until Wednesday.

The Central W.Va. Drug and Violent Crime Task Force along with members of the Nicholas County Sheriff's Department executed arrest warrants Wednesday after a grand jury released indictments on Fields and Snodgrass.

Both were indicted on two counts of murder.

Fields and Snodgrass are now in the Central Regional Jail.

Since the murders, Moore's family has held several candlelight vigils at a sculpture garden in Richwood to honor their lives. Back in 2009, they also offered a reward for information that would solve the case.

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ORIGINAL STORY
NICHOLAS COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Officers in Nicholas County are investigating a double murder in the town of Nettie, WV.

Investigators say they found the bodies of Howard Delp and April Moore at Howard's home on Panther Creek Road. Both victims are from the Richwood area. Delp was 73 years old. April was 29 years old.

The bodies have been sent to the state medical examiners office.

The Central West Virginia Drug Task Force is investigating the case, along with the Nicholas County Sheriff's Department and West Virginia State Police.


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