EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSMURDER CHARGE
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Fatal Beating Suspect Charged With Murder, Hearing Reset
Reported by: Darrah Wilcox
Web Producer: Darrah Wilcox
Reported: May. 3, 2012 4:48 PM EDT
Updated: May. 4, 2012 9:01 AM EDT
Huntington , Cabell County , West Virginia
A murder suspect in Cabell County has his preliminary hearing pushed back for the third time in less than a week Thursday. "It's discouraging," says James Marcum, a witness in the case and friend of the fatal beating victim.
A malicious wounding charge against Jesse Dreyfuse was dropped Wednesday, but he's now charged with murder after his alleged beating victim, Otis Clay Jr., died Tuesday more than a week after being taken off life support.
Marcum says, "I cried when I found out. He was my friend."
For family and friends who came out twice already this week, it's more than frustrating. Huntington Police detective Rob Stinnett says, "Two out of the three witnesses they don't have a vehicle and they've been walking multiple blocks over ten twelve blocks just to get the courthouse on time every time that they've met. Then a lot of family members showed up today, seven or eight and a few of them were from out of state."
Detective Stinnett says they continue to build a strong case against Dreyfuse. He attended Clay's autopsy yesterday in Charleston. "They explained to me the injuries and basically what cause the death of Mr. Clay was a direct result of the injuries received in the attack."
So when the case finally does move forward, he says he hopes to bring justice to Clay's loved ones. "Hopefully bring some sort of closure to the family that's left behind," he says.
Dreyfuse's hearing has been reset to May 16th.
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