UPDATE | 3 indicted in connection with double murder and arson case

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FAYETTE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- UPDATE 5/16/19 @ 1:45 p.m.
A grand jury indicted three people in connection with a double murder cold case and arson investigation in Fayette County.

The prosecutor announced Thursday that the Fayette County Grand Jury returned indictments against Charles Gill and Brian Willis for murder.

"I don't think that the passage of the time has been easy for the family members at all. They want answers. They want a resolution," Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Jennifer Crane said.

The prosecutor announced Thursday that the Fayette County Grand Jury returned indictments against Charles Gill and Brian Willis for murder, first-degree arson and conspiracy. The jury also found that Gill and Willis conspired with a third person, Everett Gill, to commit the crimes. Everett Gill is Charles Gill's father.

Two people died in a house on Willis Branch Road in Victor, West Virginia in November of 2016. Steven Skaggs and Stephanie Watters were killed.

Investigators believe the suspects murdered Skaggs and Watters, then burned the home in an attempt to cover it up.

"This, I think, was one of the most horrific, shocking crimes that I think Fayette County has seen," Crane said.

"This double murder is believed to be drug-related and is under investigation by the West Virginia State Police," the sheriff said back in 2017.

Crane said the suspects lived on the same street as their victims. Neighbors said the men caused problems in the neighborhood, but the crime came as a shock to everyone.

A $5,000 reward was offered to anyone with information about the case that would lead to an arrest. The Fayette County Commission even established a special fund in 2017 to offer cash rewards for information leading to the arrests and convictions of criminal suspects, including the suspects in this case.

Trial dates have not been set yet. According to the prosecutor's office, the suspects will be arraigned in Fayette County Circuit Court later this month.

Charles Gill was arrested in connected to these crimes in 2018 and he has already had a preliminary hearing. Brian Willis is already behind bars serving a sentence for an unrelated crime.

Everett Gill was told he will have an arraignment later this month where he will post bond or go to jail.

UPDATE 11/7/16 @ 5:45 p.m.
The West Virginia State Fire Marshal says a fire that killed two people has been ruled to be an arson.

Jason Baltic, chief investigator, says firefighters responded to the house fire on Willis Branch Road in Victor around 9:30 Sunday night.

Baltic says a woman and a man were killed in the fire but are not releasing names at this time.

"They were both removed earlier this morning and were transported from here to the medical examiner's office," Baltic said. "We're still working on this. We're still in the early stages of the investigation."

The State Fire Marshal, West Virginia State Police and Fayette County deputies were on the scene of the fire all day Monday.

There is a $5,000 reward to anyone with information that leads to an arrest. You are asked to call 1-800-233-3473.

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ORIGINAL STORY 11/7/16
Two people were killed in a fire early Monday morning.

The fire was first reported just after midnight at a home in the Anstead area of Fayette County.

A woman and a man were killed in the fire.

A cause of the fire has not been determined.

No other details are being released at this time.

Keep checking WSAZ Mobile and WSAZ.com for the latest information.



 
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