Billy Joe Kinney, 55, of Pecks Mill was arrested on March 13 for brandishing a weapon, shooting across a road and possession of a controlled substance by West Virginia State Police Trooper J.K. Harris.
He was booked at the Southwestern Regional jail at 7 a.m.
However, older charges on Kinney existed in the court system and a copy of that criminal complaint from over a decade ago was reportedly faxed to the jail.
A warrant was issued for Kinney's arrest in December of 1994 for an incident that allegedly took place on Dec. 16 of that year involving charges of obtaining a controlled substance by misrepresentation, obtaining a prescription by misrepresentation, obstructing an officer and attempted murder of an officer.
The new criminal complaint states that on March 13, the victim reported that Kinney allegedly "walked out on his front porch and began screaming for him to come outside the accused then fired several gunshots in a direction unknown" to the victim.
"Upon arrival, this officer made contact with the accused, and discovered a loaded Bersa .380 semi-automatic pistol in a waist pouch on the accused," the newer police report states. "During a search incident to this arrest, this officer discovered one and one half Endocent pain pills in the left front pants pocket of the accused. The accused further admitted firing his Bersa .380 pistol in the air from the front porch of his residence."
On Monday, Magistrate Dwight Williamson told The Logan Banner that the case was a bit of a mystery.
Williamson said the charges on the original complaint from 1994 made him wonder why Kinney never was arrested for the alleged attempted murder. That warrant was issued for Kinney's arrest by then Magistrate John Mendez.
That criminal complaint, filed by Troopers G.L. Kennedy and M.K. Summers states that on Dec. 16, 1994, Kinney was allegedly driving a red Chevy truck with Florida tags and went to Family Discount Pharmacy at Mt. Gay and presented a forged prescription to the pharmacist for 90 Fiorinals and 84 Valiums.
He was confronted by the officers.
"The accused locked himself inside the vehicle and refused to open same for these officers," the report states. "The accused then pulled a 9mm Ruger semi-automatic handgun and attempted to fire upon Trooper Summers."
"When he was arraigned, I asked him why he had not been arrested on these charges years ago," Williamson explained.
Kenney reportedly told Williamson that in one of the incidents he did not attempt to shoot anyone else, he had attempted to shoot himself.
Furthermore the original officers who got the warrant for his arrest in 1994 are no longer working with that department in Logan County today, Williamson noted.
Kinney did attempt to explain the old case and new charges to Williamson on Friday during his arraignment.
"He said he fell and did some damage to his spinal column and apparently was in a lot of pain," Williamson said.
Kinney will have an opportunity to try and clear the matter up when he has his court appearance on the new charges, Williamson said.