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Murder, Bank Robbery Charges Among Kanawha County Indictments
Reported by: Jeff Morris
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Oct. 25, 2012 2:08 PM EDT
Updated: Oct. 25, 2012 2:17 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
Fifty-one people have been indicted by a Kanawha County grand jury, including a Rand man indicted on a first-degree murder charge and a South Charleston man indicted on a bank robbery charge and several other offenses.
Brent Burdette, 19, of 5193 Elaine Drive, Rand, was indicted on a first-degree murder charge, according to a news release from Kanawha County Prosecutor Mark Plants’ office.
Court documents say that in July, a man showed up at a trailer on Elaine Drive in Rand and said he wanted to fight Burdette. The documents allege Burdette grabbed a shotgun, walked outside and fired a shot. The victim, William Cordle, 21, of Rand, died in a roadside ditch.
In another case, Joseph Pike Dempsey, 32, of 1643 King St., South Charleston, was indicted on the following charges – bank robbery, battery, destruction of property and battery on a government representative. Dempsey is accused of robbing the Fifth Third Bank at 4515 MacCorkle Ave. in Charleston in June.
The suspect in that robbery allegedly pointed a gun and ordered the tellers on the floor before grabbing some cash and fleeing the bank. South Charleston police said they thought Dempsey resembled the sketch of the bank robbery suspect, and a bank employee reportedly identified him from a photo lineup. Police said a search of his home turned up clothing similar to what was used in the robbery and five marijuana plants.
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