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UPDATE: Second Guilty Plea in Election Day Murders

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By: WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 10/23/13 @ 1 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A woman whose residence was the scene of a double murder last November has pleaded guilty to maintaining a known drug house.

Tuesday, Charity Cornell, 36, pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor charge during a hearing in Cabell County Circuit court. Cornel was indicted on the charge back in December.

On November 6, 2012, Devonte Penn, 17, and Darell Fuqua, 22, both Detroit were shot and killed at her home in the 1900 block of Foster Avenue.

Rocky Williams, 19, and Thomas White, 21, both of Huntington are charged with the shooting deaths

Following her guilty plea, Cornell was sentenced to a year of probation after the judge suspended the one year jail sentence.

On Monday, Williams entered a Kennedy plea to second-degree murder and a guilty plea to second-degree robbery in connection with the murders..

He will be sentenced in December. He is expected to get 40 years in prison.

White’s case is pending in Cabell County Circuit Court.

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UPDATE 10/21/13 @ 4:15 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- One of the two men charged with murder in last year’s Election Day shooting in Huntington has pleaded guilty, avoiding a trial.

Monday afternoon, Rocky Williams, 19, of Huntington entered a Kennedy plea to second-degree murder and a guilty plea to second-degree robbery in the case.

Williams and Thomas White, 21, of Huntington are charged with the shooting deaths of Devonte Penn and Darrell Fuqua at a home along Foster Avenue in Huntington on Nov. 6, 2012.

Fuqua, 22, of Detroit, died at the scene. Penn, 17, of Detroit, died about 10 days later at a Huntington Hospital.

Williams' trial was supposed to begin Tuesday in Cabell County Circuit Court.

Back in January, a grand jury indicted Williams and White in the murders.

Williams was also charged with seven counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and one count of carrying a concealed deadly weapon. These charges were dropped as part of Monday's plea.

In August, Judge Paul Farrell ruled the two men would be tried separately.

Williams will be sentenced in December. He is expected to get 40 years in prison.

Also indicted was Charity Cornel, 35, who lived in the house where the shooting happened. She was charged with maintaining a known drug house.

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UPDATE 8/20/13 @ 11:35 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The dying words of a man who was killed on Election Day will be used as testimony in trial.

Rocky Williams was in court Tuesday in Huntington.

He is charged with killing Devonte Penn and Darrell Fuqua in November along Foster Avenue in Huntington.

During the hearing Tuesday, officers described their conversation with Penn before he died.

Cabell County Circuit Judge Paul Farrell ruled that testimony could be used in the trial.

Williams' trial is set for Oct. 22.

Thomas White and Charity Cornel are also facing charges in the case.



UPDATE 1/24/13
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Three people have been indicted in connection with that double murder in Huntington on Election Day.

The November 6 shootings happened at a house in the 1900 block of Foster Avenue.

Darrell Fuqua, 22, of Detroit, died at the scene. Devonte Penn, 17, of Detroit, died about 10 days later at a Huntington Hospital.

Police arrested Rocky Williams, 19, of Huntington, and Thomas White, 21, of Huntington for the murders.

Wednesday, a Cabell County Grand Jury indicted Williams and White for the murders. Williams was also charged with 7 counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and 1 count of carrying a concealed deadly weapon.

Also indicted, Charity Cornel, 35, who lived in the house where the shooting happened. She was charged with maintaining a known drug house.



UPDATE 12/11/12 @ 11:50 a.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) – One of the two men charged in a double murder in Huntington on Election Day was back in court Tuesday to ask that his bond be reduced.

Rocky Williams, 19, of Huntington, is charged with the murders of Darrell Fuqua, 22, and Devonte Penn, 17, both of Detroit. The shooting happened at a house on Foster Avenue.

During a hearing in Cabell County Circuit Court, Williams’ attorney asked that his bond be reduced, saying the charges should be malicious wounding not murder.

His attorney, Jason Goad, told the court that Mr. Williams was sitting down stairs with another individual when his co-defendant, Thomas White came down the stairs bleeding from a gunshot wound. He said Williams panicked and ran out while firing backwards.

The judge denied the request

Thomas White, 21, of Huntington, is also charged with two counts of murder during commission of a felony in the same shootings.

Both Williams and White are being held without bond in the Western Regional Jail while the case goes to a grand jury.

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UPDATE 11/20/12 @ 4:41 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The case against a second man charged with a double murder in Huntington on Election Day is now headed to the grand jury.

Thomas White, 21, of Huntington, had his preliminary hearing Tuesday morning in Cabell County Magistrate Court in Huntington.

White is charged with two counts of murder during commission of a felony. Following testimony, a magistrate found probable cause to send the case to a grand jury.

Rocky Williams, 19, of Huntington, was arrested shortly after the shootings and is also charged with two counts of murder.

On November 6, Huntington Police responded to a shooting at a house on Foster Avenue.

Darrell Fuqua, 22, of Detroit, died at the scene. Devonte Penn, 17, of Detroit, died about 10 days later at a Huntington Hospital.

Shortly after the shooting, White showed up at Cabell Huntington Hospital with a gunshot wound. On November 13, White was released from the hospital and immediately arrested and charged with the two murders.

Williams had his preliminary hearing last week and his case was also bound over to the grand jury.

Police say the murders began as an attempted robbery.

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UPDATE 11/13/12 @ 7:40 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Saying that Tuesday was a tough day for Debra Williams would be an understatement.

“That's my only son,” Williams said. “It hurts. It really does.”

Her son, Rocky Williams, is charged with two counts of murder.

Rocky Williams and fellow suspect Thomas White are accused of shooting and killing two men inside a Huntington drug house last week.

At Rocky Williams’ preliminary hearing Tuesday afternoon, Huntington Police Detective Chris Sperry said he believes it started out as a robbery.

“They had made a plan together, the two individuals, before they arrived at the residence to get the dope,” Sperry said.

But that robbery went drastically wrong. Sperry says the problems began while White was upstairs. A teenage girl who lived in the house witnessed the whole thing.

“She said she heard some arguing,” Sperry said. “Heard some gunshots. And she ran into the bedroom, to her mother, called 911. Which her mother was asleep.”

Police say Darrell Fuqua died from those gunshots. But that wasn't the end of the bloodshed.

“He already had his gun out ... Had it right here ... Sitting on the couch,” Sperry said. “He said when he heard Mr. White coming down the stairs, he got up and as he ran out the door: Pow, pow, pow, pow”

Devonte Penn was hit by those shots. He was losing blood quickly when he told police what happened.

“He said Rocky is the one that shot me and he's got a big mole on his face,” Sperry said. “Soon after that, he coded.”

Penn was kept on a ventilator until this weekend when he also died. Rocky Williams and Thomas White were arraigned Tuesday on murder charges in connection with the deaths of Penn and Fuqua.

“I want everyone to know out there, I'm sorry for what happened,” Debra Williams said. “There's nothing I can do to take it back.”

Bond was denied for both suspects. Williams’ attorney says the shots he fired were in self defense.



UPDATE 11/13/12 @ 1 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Huntington Police have made a second arrest in a double murder that happened last week.

Tuesday, Huntington Police arrested Thomas M. White, 21, of Huntington, and charged him with two counts of felony murder.

White was arraigned on Tuesday afternoon. He is being held without bond and is scheduled to be back in court next week for a preliminary hearing.

The shooting happened last Tuesday on Foster Avenue. White had been in the hospital since the shooting.

During Williams' preliminary hearing Tuesday morning, Detective Chris Sperry testified that police believe, after speaking with doctors, that Thomas White shot himself. He showed up to the arraignment Tuesday in a wheelchair and hospital gown, barely able to move.

Darrell Fuqua, 22, of Detroit, died at the scene. Devonte Penn, 17, of Detroit, died Sunday at a Huntington Hospital.

Rocky Williams, 19, of Huntington was arrested shortly after the shooting and charged with Fuqua's murder.

During his preliminary hearing Tuesday morning, Williams was also charged with Penn's death.

Charity Cornell, 35, lived at the house where the shooting happened. Police charged Cornell with maintaining a dwelling for the purpose of allowing the use or sale of drugs.

According to the criminal complaints, Williams told police that he and White conspired to commit a robbery at the residence and during the incident Fuqua was shot and killed.

More charges could be filed in the case once it is presented to the grand jury.

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UPDATE 11/12/12 @ 5:15 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A second person has died in connection with a shooting in Huntington on Election Day.

Huntington Police say Devonte Penn, 17, of Detroit, died Sunday at St. Mary’s Medical Center the result of a single gunshot wound.

The shooting happened at 1939 Foster Avenue about 10:30 a.m. last Tuesday.

Darrell Fuqua, 22, of Detroit, died at the scene. Thomas White, 21, of Huntington, was also injured in the shooting. He showed up at Cabell Huntington Hospital with a gunshot wound. At last word, White remained in the hospital. His condition is not available.

Rocky Hudson Williams, 19, of Huntington was arrested last week and charged with one count of murder in the commission of a felony.

His preliminary hearing is set for Tuesday.

Charity Cornell, 35, lived at the house where the shooting happened. Police charged Cornell with maintaining a dwelling for the purpose of allowing the use or sale of drugs.

According to the criminal complaints, Williams told police that he and White conspired to commit a robbery at the residence and during the incident Fuqua was shot and killed.

There is no word on how Penn or White were shot.

Police also said that evidence obtained inside the house indicates extensive drug use and possession of narcotic medications. They also said that multiple people were staying at the house.

Williams is being held without bond.

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UPDATE 11/7/12 @ 6 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, WVa. (WSAZ) -- The family of one of the two people arrested following a murder on Tuesday has issued a statement about the shooting that left one man dead and two other wounded.

Rocky Hudson Williams, 19, of Huntington, is charged with murder in the commission of a felony.

Huntington Police say Darrell Fuqua, 22, of Detroit, died in the shooting at 1939 Foster Avenue about 10:30 Tuesday morning.

Thomas White, 21, of Huntington and a 17-year-old male from Detroit were injured.

The teen was taken from the house by ambulance to St. Mary’s Medical Center where police said he was in very serious condition.

White showed up at Cabell Huntington Hospital with a gunshot wound. Police said his injuries were serious, but he was expected to survive.

Charity Cornell, 35, lived at the house in the 1900 block of Foster Avenue where the shooting happened. Police charged Cornell with maintaining a dwelling for the purpose of allowing the use or sale of drugs.

Wednesday night Cornell’s family issued the following statement.

"It is with a heavy heart that I am preparing this statement. My family is saddened by Tuesday’s events and we are praying for the families of each victim. Charity was given every opportunity to succeed in life and she has chosen a life of drugs and dishonesty. I pray that everyone responsible in this case is brought to justice quickly and that they receive the punishment they deserve. Drugs have plagued an entire generation of people from eastern Kentucky and West Virginia, and those proven guilty of such crimes deserve all that the law can deliver."

According to the criminal complaints, Williams told police that he and White conspired to commit a robbery at the residence and during the incident Fuqua was shot and killed.

There is no word on how White or the juvenile were shot.

Police also said that evidence obtained inside the house indicates extensive drug use and possession of narcotic medications. They also said that multiple people were staying at the house.

Williams is being held without bond.

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UPDATE 11/6/12 @ 10 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man and a woman have been arrested in connection with a shooting that killed a Detroit man and wounded two other people Tuesday morning.

Huntington Police say Darrell Fuqua, 22, of Detroit, died in the shooting at 1939 Foster Avenue about 10:30 Tuesday morning.

Thomas White, 21, of Huntington and a 17-year-old male from Detroit were injured.

The teen was taken from the house by ambulance to St. Mary’s Medical Center where police said he was in very serious condition.

White showed up at Cabell Huntington Hospital with a gunshot wound. Police said his injuries were serious, but he was expected to survive.

Tuesday night, police charged Rocky Hudson Williams, 19, of Huntington, charged with felony murder.

Charity Dawn Cornell, 35, of Huntington, is charged with maintaining a dwelling for the purpose of allowing the use or sale of drugs.

Both people are in the Western Regional Jail awaiting arraignment on the charges.

Police have not released a motive for the shooting. They say the investigation is continuing.

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UPDATE 11/6/12 @ 5:40 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- One person is dead and two have been injured following a shooting in Huntington.

According to a press release, one of the men that was injured during the shooting has been identified as a 17-year-old from Detroit, Michigan.

The shooting happened at 1939 Foster Avenue just after 10:30 Tuesday morning.

Police say they went to the neighborhood to investigate a shots fired call.

According to the release, one person was pronounced dead at the scene, one of the victims was transported to St. Mary's Medical Center and the Huntington Police Department was notified that the third victim showed up at Cabell Huntington Hospital with a gunshot wound.

No motive has been established at this time.

No word on the condition of the two people who were wounded.

The investigation is ongoing and investigators are conducting interviews and collecting evidence.

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UPDATE 11/6/12 @ 3 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- There are still few details following a deadly shooting in Huntington.

The shooting happened in the 1900-block of Foster Avenue just after 10:30 Tuesday morning.

Police say they went to the neighborhood to investigate a shots fired call.

Lt. John Williams tells WSAZ.com that one person was killed and two others wounded in the shooting.

Our crew at the scene saw one person being loaded into an ambulance and taken to the hospital.

Another of the victims showed up on their own at the hospital.

No word on the condition of the two people who were wounded.

At this time, police are not releasing any information on a motive, or the names of the victims.

Chief Skip Holbrook says the investigation continues. He expects to release more information later today.

We're told several people are being questioned at this hour.

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UPDATE @ 1:15 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- There are still few details following a deadly shooting in Huntington.

Lt. John Williams tells WSAZ.com that one person has died and two people have been wounded in a shooting on Foster Avenue in Huntington.

At this time a K-9 crew is searching the area.

We are expected to get more information shortly from Chief Skip Holbrook, who is currently on the scene.

We have a crew at the scene.

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UPDATE @ 11:45 a.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Lt. John Williams tells WSAZ.com that one person has died and two more have been hurt in a shooting in Huntington.

The shooting was reported in the 1900-block of Foster Avenue just after 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.

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ORIGINAL STORY
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Police are on the scene of a reported shooting in Huntington.

Police were called to the 1900 block of Foster Avenue just after 10:30 Tuesday morning.

At least one person was taken to the hospital from a house on Foster Avenue.

Police say there are possibly three victims.

We have a crew at the scene.

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