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UPDATE: Wayne County Murder Case Sent to Grand Jury

By: Olivia Fecteau; Cathleen Moxley; Anna Baxter Email
By: Olivia Fecteau; Cathleen Moxley; Anna Baxter Email

UPDATE 10/8/13 @ 1:45 p.m.
WAYNE, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A grand jury will now hear the cases against a woman and man charged for their roles in a Wayne County murder.

Erica Dawn Streets, 31, of East Lynn, is charged with 1st degree murder in the shooting death of her boyfriend, Julius Davis, 51, of East Lynn.

Daniel Kilpatrick, 51, of East Lynn, is charged with being an accessory after the fact to 1st degree murder.

West Virginia State Police and prosecutors say Davis was reported missing by a friend in late August. Over the weekend, what is believed to be Davis’ body was recovered from a makeshift grave on his property.

State Police say Streets confessed to shooting Davis in the head with a rifle while he was in bed.

Troopers say Kilpatrick told them that he buried the body, cleaned the scene and burned evidence from the crime.

Preliminary hearings for both people were held Tuesday morning in Wayne County Magistrate Court.

Following testimony from W.Va.State Police Trooper P.J. Dick, the case against Sheets was sent to the next grand jury.

When asked why this shooting occurred Trooper Dick testified that she (Streets) said it was because of past domestic violence incidences.

“She said she was in fear of him hurting her or her children," said Dick.

Prosecuting Attorney Tom Plymale says evidence looks like Davis might have been killed in July although his disappearance wasn't reported until August by a friend, Jerry Russell.

“It's an isolated part of the county and there's not a true next door neighbor and just people in and around the area hadn't seen him in a while," said Plymale.

Kilpatrick waived his right to his preliminary hearing. His case will also go the next grand jury which meets in November.

Streets is being held without bond. Kilpatrick’s bond is $50,000. Both people are in the Western Regional Jail.

The couple’s two children are in the custody of the state.

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UPDATE 10/7/13 @ 3 p.m.
WAYNE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) --The woman charged with the murder of the father of her two children says she shot Julius Davis in the head while he was in bed, according to the criminal complaint filed in Wayne County Magistrate Court.

On Saturday, W.Va. State Police charged Erica Dawn Streets, 31, of East Lynn, with Davis’ murder after they say she confessed to the crime.

Daniel Kilpatrick, 51, of East Lynn, is charged with being an accessory after the fact to 1st degree murder. Troopers say he also confessed to his role in the crime.

Troopers say Davis, 51, of East Lynn, was reported missing about three weeks ago. What is believed to be his body was found in a “makeshift grave” in a wooded area about 300 yards from his trailer along Little Lynn Creek Road in East Lynn on Saturday.

According to the criminal complaints, Streets told troopers that after she shot her “boyfriend” she called Kilpatrick to dispose of the body. Streets says that when Kilpatrick arrived, she then took her children and left the home.

Streets then said that Kipatrick cleaned the scene and buried the body.

According to the criminal complaint filed against Kilpatrick, he told troopers that “several months prior” he was contacted by Streets to dispose of Davis’s body. Kilpatrick says after he removed the body from the home and buried it in a shallow grave on the property, he then burned evidence from the crime.

Sgt. E.A. Blankenship with the West Virginia State Police says it was friend of Davis who filed the initial missing person report. Blankenship says troopers followed up on some 200-300 leads. On Saturday they received new information in the case, and that is when Streets was brought in for questioning and confessed to the murder.

Blankenship says both Streets and Kilpatrick then led them to the grave site on the back of the property.

A forensic anthropologist from Washington, D.C. is being brought in to help positively identify the body and determine if it is Davis.

State Police have not said when Davis was killed.

"We got a big giant puzzle right now we're putting together," said Blankenship. "You get things, and sometimes it just breaks loose. You have to deal with it right then and finish putting it together after the fact."

Blankenship says he did not know the relationship between Street and Kilpatrick.

Troopers have also not released a motive for the murder.

State Police say Davis and Streets' children are five years old and seven years old. They are in custody of the state until a decision is made about who should care for them.

Streets is being held without bond. Kilpatrick's bond is $50,000. Both people are in the Western Regional Jail.

Their preliminary hearings are set for Tuesday.

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UPDATE 10/6/13 @ 8:20 p.m.
WAYNE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- New information from West Virginia State Police in a murder investigation reveals the victim and one of the suspects have two children together.

Troopers say Erica Dawn Streets, the mother of those children, admitted to killing Julius Davis. Police also say Daniel Wayne Kilpatrick has confessed to helping bury Davis' body.

Troopers found a body this weekend on the back of a property on Little Lynn Creek Road, near East Lynn in Wayne County, W.Va. They say they found the body based on the information the suspects gave in their confession. However, they are bringing in a forensic anthropologist from Washington, D.C. to help positively identify the body and determine if it is Davis.

"We got a big giant puzzle right now we're putting together," Sgt. E.A. Blankenship of the West Virginia State Police in Wayne said. "You get things, and sometimes it just breaks loose. You have to deal with it right then and finish putting it together after the fact."

Troopers say Davis appears to have been shot in the head. The medical examiner is looking into that.

Streets has been charged with murder, while Kilpatrick has been charged with being an accessory to murder after the fact.

Davis and Streets' children are five years old and seven years old. They are in custody of the state until a decision is made about who should care for them.

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UPDATE 10/6/13 @ 4:40 p.m.
WAYNE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- New information is being released regarding a murder investigation.

West Virginia State Police say the victim and one of the suspects have two children together.

Troopers say Erica Dawn Streets and Daniel Wayne Kilpatrick have confessed to the killing and burying Julius Davis.

Troopers say Davis was shot to death. Streets has admitted to killing him, while police say Kilpatrick helped her bury him.

Davis and Streets have two children together, ages 5 and 7. They are in custody of the state until a decision is made about who should care for them.

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UPDATE 10/5/13 @ 4:05 p.m.
WAYNE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- State Police remain at the crime scene where a man was buried after being murdered.

Troopers say Julius Davis, 51, of Wayne was shot to death.

Davis' body was found buried on his own property near East Lynn. Troopers say the body appears to have been there since about July.

Erica Dawn Streets, 31, has been charged with first degree murder.
Daniel Wayne Kilpatrick, 51, has been charged with with being an accessory after the fact to first degree murder.

Troopers say Streets and Kilpatrick confessed to the crime and took police to where they buried Davis' body.

WVSP are guarding the crime scene -- waiting on a team of experts to come remove the body. That is expected to happen Sunday.

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ORIGINAL STORY 10/5/13 @ 11:38 a.m.
WAYNE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A woman from Wayne faces a murder charge in the death of a man that was reported missing from the area.

According to a news release, Erica Dawn Streets, 31, of Wayne, was charged Friday in the death of Julius Davis, 51, of Wayne.

West Virginia State Police say Davis was originally reported missing. At this time, it is unclear when that report was taken.

Investigators say Streets killed Davis and then had Daniel Wayne Kilpatrick, 51, of East Lynn, help her bury his body.

Streets was charged with first degree murder. Kilpatrick was charged with being an accessory after the fact to first degree murder.

Both suspects were taken to the Western Regional Jail.

Members of the West Virginia State Police are currently trying to recover Davis' body in Wayne County, according to the release.


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