Jonathan Lee Ferrell, 47, of Verner, was arrested by West Virginia State Police Troopers E.B. McClung and T.D. Boggs for first degree murder on Nov. 21.
Ferrell was booked at the Southwestern Regional Jail at Holden at 11:25 p.m. that day.
According to law enforcement reports, Ferrell allegedly planned and carried out the murder of Wyatt Robinson, by shooting him several times after a verbal altercation at Ferrell’s residence.
“The premeditation began when the defendant knew who knocked on his door and he retrieved his pistol and concealed it in his waistband prior to the verbal altercation. In his own confession, (Ferrell) admitted that he intended on shooting the victim once he pulled the pistol from his waist band. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene due to the gunshot wounds.”
Ferrell was arraigned Monday in Logan Magistrate Court and a preliminary hearing will be set around Dec. 1.
It was not the only recent arrest involving firearms, however. In an unrelated case, a Chapmanville man was also arrested recently for possession of an illegal, fully automatic machine pistol.
Gregory Bruce Adkins, 52, of Chapmanville, was arrested by Tpr. J.D. Hensley of the WVSP for 82 counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm, domestic assault, illegal possession of a machine gun and brandishing a weapon on Nov. 12.
Adkins was booked at the Southwestern Regional Jail at 11:15 p.m. on $100,000 bond.
According to law enforcement reports, on that day the officer attempted to perform a traffic stop on a gray Chevrolet being driven by Adkins when the defendant reportedly turned into the McDonald’s parking lot and circled back out.
“As soon at the vehicle came to a stop, the defendant’s wife exited the passenger front seat of the vehicle screaming, ‘He has a gun and is going to kill me.’ The woman reportedly ran behind the troopers cruiser, whereupon Tpr. Hensley demanded Adkins show him his hands and took him into custody and searched the vehicle.
“Trooper B.A. Lowe arrived on scene to assist this officer,” the report states noting the female told them the defendant had a gun under the driver’s side front seat.
“Tpr. Lowe retrieved a Mac-10 9mm fully-automatic firearm from under the driver’s seat. The firearm was fully loaded and there were three other fully-loaded magazines in the vehicle.”
The female reportedly told the officers on tape that earlier in the evening, Adkins stood around three feet away from her and kept chambering the firearm while pointing it at her saying he was going to kill her that night.
The officer ran a criminal background check on Adkins and found that he is a convicted felon and was charged in April of this year of carrying a concealed weapon.