UPDATE: Man found not guilty in Lincoln County murder and malicious wounding case

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UPDATE 4/27/16 @ 9:30 p.m.
LINCOLN COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man accused of murdering his daughter-in-law in March 2015 and wounding her ex-husband has been found not guilty of all charges, his lawyer told WSAZ on Wednesday.

Andrew Staggs was accused in the murder of Katie Toler and the malicious wounding of Chad Mays. Both were shot along Coal River Road near Tornado.

Attorney Dan Holstein, who represented Staggs, said the trial lasted six days in Lincoln County.

Holstein said Staggs acted in self-defense, and the jury responded by finding him not guilty of all charges.



UPDATE 3/31/15 @ 8:15 a.m.
LINCOLN COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man shot in Lincoln County remains in ICU Tuesday, according to a hospital spokesperson.

The shooting happened about 2:30 a.m. Monday along Coal River Road near Tornado.

Troopers say Chad Mays was in a car with his ex-wife, Katie Toler, at the home of her current father-in-law, Andrew Staggs. Troopers say they got into an argument and Staggs shot them both. Toler died from the gunshot wounds, and Mays was taken to the hospital.

A family member tells WSAZ Mays and Toler were recently divorced. They had been married for more than 10 years and have three children together.

Staggs has been arrested and charged with murder and malicious wounding.



UPDATE 3/30/15 @ 11 p.m.
LINCOLN COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The family of Chad Mays is praying he recovers after being shot Monday morning.

Mays was injured in a shooting that also killed his ex-wife along Coal River Road in Lincoln County.

Troopers say he was in a car with his ex-wife, Katie Toler, at the home of her current father-in-law, Andrew Staggs. Troopers say they got into an argument, and Staggs shot them both. Toler died from the gunshot wounds, and Mays was sent to the hospital where he was listed in stable condition Monday night.

"It was hard to see him like that," said his cousin Timothy Ash. "I mean, he's in stable condition, but he's in rough shape right now."

Ash said Mays and Toler were recently divorced. They had been married for more than 10 years and have three children together.

"I didn't know nothing like this was going to happen," Ash said. "They was getting along and everything. I just talked to him yesterday and he was fine, and the next thing you know wake up this morning hearing this."

Now, Mays' family members and three children are left praying he'll make a full recovery so his children won't be left without a parent.

Staggs, who was Toler's father-in-law, was arrested and charged with malicious wounding and murder. He is in the Western Regional Jail.



UPDATE 3/30/15 @ 6:25 p.m.
LINCOLN COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- West Virginia State Police believe a verbal argument led up to the shooting that left one person dead and another seriously hurt early Monday in Lincoln County.

The shooting was reported about 2:30 a.m. Monday along Coal River Road near Tornado.

West Virginia State Police tell WSAZ that Andrew Staggs has been arrested and charged with murder and malicious wounding. He's in his late 40s, according to troopers. He was arraigned on those charges Monday.

Troopers say Staggs and Chad Mays, 36, got into a verbal argument along Coal River Road, when Staggs shot Mays near a vehicle and also hit the driver of the car, Katie Ann Toler, 29.

Toler was killed. Mays suffered serious injuries, but his family tells WSAZ he is now in stable condition and is expected to survive.

According to a criminal complaint, Staggs had Toler’s stolen vehicle and had a gun pointed at her. While police were heading to the scene, Staggs allegedly fired four shots, hitting Toler and Mays.

Before leaving the scene, several witnesses tell WSAZ Mays came to their homes.

"Absolutely scared to death. If it wasn't for my husband, I would have flipped out," witness Kristen Thornton said.

Thornton says her husband rushed to the door when they heard the man trying to get in.

"By the time he got to the door, he was already inside our house. There was blood everywhere -- all over our house, all over our kitchen, all over the laundry room -- everywhere," Thornton said.

State troopers say Mays left the scene in the car and headed toward Kanawha County. That's where the car was later located and pulled over in St. Albans near the fire department.

Kanawha County Sheriff's Deputies say Toler was found dead in the car and Mays was taken to the hospital.

Troopers say they are still interviewing witnesses and collecting evidence in the case. Right now, they don't have a motive for the shooting.

During Staggs' arraignment Monday, he claimed that he was the victim in the case.

"These people attacked me," said the suspect Andrew Staggs.

Troopers say they also tried to tell them the same thing at the scene.

"He said he was trying to protect himself, is what he stated to us," said Cpl. Dustin Miller with WVSP. "As a result of him trying to protect himself, Mrs. Toler was shot and killed."

Staggs is currently being held in jail without bond.

Coal River Road was closed in both directions for more than five hours, but has been reopened.

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UPDATE 3/30/15 @ 10 a.m.
LINCOLN COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man is charged with killing a woman and injuring a man during a shooting in Lincoln County early Monday morning.

The shooting was reported about 2:30 a.m. along Coal River Road.

West Virginia State Police tell WSAZ, that Andrew Staggs has been arrested and charged with murder and malicious wounding. He's in his late 40s, according to troopers. He's expected to be arraigned on the charges late Monday morning.

West Virginia State Police tell WSAZ the two victims, Katie Ann Toler, 29, and Chad Mays, 36, left the shooting scene in a car and headed towards Kanawha County. That's when officers were asked to be on the lookout for their vehicle. The car was later located and pulled over in St. Albans near the fire department.

Kanawha County Sheriff's Deputies say that's where Toler was found dead in the car. Mays was taken to the hospital with a gunshot wound. His condition is still unknown at this time.

Troopers say they are still interviewing witnesses and collecting evidence in the case. Right now, they don't have a motive for the shooting.

Coal River Road was closed in both directions for more than five hours, but has been reopened.

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UPDATE 3/30/15 @ 7:45 a.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- An arrest has been made in a shooting that left one person dead and another in the hospital.

The shooting happened about 2:30 a.m. along Coal River Road in Lincoln County. However, the victims were found in a car in St. Albans.

West Virginia State Police tell WSAZ the two victims left the shooting scene in a car and headed towards Kanawha County. That's when officers were asked to be on the lookout for their vehicle. The car was later located and pulled over in St. Albans near the fire department.

Kanawha County Sheriff's Deputies say the woman was pronounced dead at the scene and the man was covered in blood. He was taken to the hospital with a gunshot wound, according to deputies. His condition is unknown at this time.

At this time, police are not releasing the suspect's name or what the person is being charged with.

Coal River Road is closed in both directions while state police remain at the scene investigating.

We have a crew there.

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ORIGINAL STORY 3/30/15 @ 5:18 a.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Crews are out on multiple scenes after a woman was found dead in a car, from apparent gunshot wounds.

It all started in Lincoln County, where dispatchers say a man stopped at a home along Coal River Road, trying to get help.

After that, Kanawha County Sheriff's Deputies were told to be on the lookout for the man's vehicle. They pulled the vehicle over at the St. Albans Fire Department.

Deputies tell WSAZ a woman was dead in the vehicle.

They say the man was covered in blood. He was taken to the hospital. No word on the extent of his injuries.

Crews on the scene say the windshield of the vehicle was shattered.

West Virginia State Police are on the scene at a home in Lincoln County.

Dispatchers say investigators are not looking for a suspect.

No other information is being released at this time.

We have a crew on the scene.

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