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Trial For Independence Man Accused of Murder Continues in Preston County

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Update 4/16/14

The trial for Denny Ervin, accused of the May 2012 murder of Leslie Layman, continued Wednesday.  Ervin is accused of shooting and killing Leslie Layman in May 2012 and faces a possible first degree murder conviction.

On Wednesday, the defense argued Ervin acted in self defense.  The defense said Layman came outside and "brought the conflict to Ervin," that night and fired a round out of her shotgun.

The prosecution reviewed a timeline of events leading up to Layman's death, and highlights from some of its key witnesses who testified throughout the trial. 

The defense then proceeded to describe to the jury how he felt testimony from six different witnesses, who were all on scene when Layman's body was found, didn't match up with one another.

Deliberation will continue Thursday.  

Update 4/11/14

The trial for Denny Ervin, accused of the May 2012 murder of Leslie Layman, continued Friday.

Investigators testified that they arrested Ervin on the night of Leslie Layman's death.

During the interview deputies said Ervin asked how she was and broke down in tears when they told Ervin that Layman was dead.

Deputies also said Ervin told them "she had a gun."

Ervin is charged with first-degree murder in Layman's death.

The trial will continue next week.

Update 4/10/14

The trial for Denny Ervin, accused of the May 2012 murder of Leslie Layman, continued Thursday.

The Medical Examiner told the jury Leslie was shot in the right shoulder and back.

The M.E. testified those shots passed through her body and killed her.

The prosecution is trying to prove that Ervin waited for Layman to get home that night with the intent to kill her.

The state will continue calling witnesses Friday.

Update 4/09/14

The trial for Denny Ervin, accused of the May 2012 murder of Leslie Layman, continued Wednesday.

Testimony described May 8th, 2012 as a pretty average day, including school, work, eye exams, graduation announcements, and Jeopardy. Two of Leslie's daughters took the stand Wednesday. While their details of the day didn't exactly match up, one thing they did agree on is that the on again, off again relationship between their mother and Denny Ervin was stormy.

Cecilia Layman, who was 12 at the time, remembers hearing gunshots, her mother yelling for her to call police, and saying "I love you." She told the jury the next voice she heard was Ervin's saying "you're going to die."

Sarah Layman, who was 18 at the time, said when she heard the gunshots she knew something was terribly wrong and that it had to do with Denny.

Wednesday, a forensic expert showed the jury the alleged murder weapon, a .22 revolver which was found in the woods almost a year after the shooting.

The expert said it was too rusted to make a definitive match to the bullets pulled out of Leslie Layman's body.

Testimony resumes Thursday morning, when medical examiner and other investigators are expected to take the stand.

Update

The trial for a Preston County man accused of the May 2012 murder of Leslie Layman is scheduled to begin Tuesday.

The Preston Sheriff's Department and West Virginia State Police arrived at Layman's home on the night of her murder and found her body with one or more apparent gunshot wounds. Officers searched for and located Denny Franklin Ervin of Masontown. Ervin is charged with first degree murder.

Investigators said Layman and Ervin had previously been in a domestic partnership.

Prosecutors estimate that the trial will last about a week.

Original Story

The Preston County Sheriff's Department is investigating the murder of Leslie Layman at her home near Independence in Preston County.

Preston E911 Center received a call around 8:30 p.m. that Layman had been shot and was dead outside her home.

The caller also indicated that the person responsible had fled from the location.

The Sheriff's Department and West Virginia State Police arrived at Layman's home and found her body with one or more apparent gunshot wounds.

Officers then searched for and found Denny Franklin Ervin of Masontown.

Ervin has been charged with first degree murder.

Layman and Ervin had previously been in a domestic partnership.

The investigation is ongoing and we will continue to update you as the information becomes available.