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Wayne Man Charged With Murder For Allegedly Beating Step-Grandmother

Reported: Jun. 5, 2014 4:17 PM EDT
Updated: Jun. 6, 2014 12:58 AM EDT
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WAYNE, W.Va. (Dan Matics, Heath Harrison) – A Wayne man was charged with first degree murder Thursday, after police said he beat his step-grandmother at a mental health facility on Wednesday.

Kevin Jay Christenson, 22, was arrested Thursday morning and charged in Wayne Magistrate Court with the murder of Ruth Adkins, 58.

According to the criminal complaint, police said Christenson was at Valley Health Services in Wayne, when he became enraged and struck Adkins in the facial area.

Family members said Adkins was trying to get her Christenson medication for a mental illness.

Adkins later died from complications of her injuries and was pronounced dead at Cabell Huntington Hospital.

Jesseca Adkins, daughter, said her mother would take in, even adopt those less fortunate.

"She would give you the shirt off of her back," Adkins said. "Feed you if you were hungry she took care of her kids and grand kids she would do anything for anybody."

Christenson has a court-appointed attorney and pleaded not guilty to the charges.
He is currently being held in a mental health facility in Weston.

"He's my brother, Adkins said." "I don't understand the situation, I just want him to get the appropriate help."



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