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Suspect In WV Cold Case Agrees To Plea Deal

Reported: Feb. 6, 2014 9:09 AM EST
Updated: Feb. 6, 2014 9:16 AM EST
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WESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- A prosecutor said a suspect in a case involving the disappearance of two Lewis County women has agreed to a plea deal.

David Hughes, 58, of Archbold, Ohio, is charged with conspiracy to commit armed robbery.

Lewis County Assistant Prosecutor Brian Bailey told The Exponent Telegram that Hughes has agreed to plead guilty to the conspiracy charge in exchange for cooperation against co-defendant Joseph Metz of Horner.

Bailey said prosecutors would recommend a suspended sentence of one to five years and five years' probation.

Metz is charged with two counts of first-degree murder. The 39-year-old is accused of fatally shooting his mother, Mary Friend, 46, and grandmother, Maxine Stalnaker, 69, both of Jane Lew.

The women disappeared in December 1999. Their bodies have never been found.

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