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Sidney Muller Appears for Preliminary Hearing in Locust Avenue Shooting

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A Fairmont man accused in the shooting deaths of four people appeared in Harrison County court Monday for a preliminary hearing.

Sidney Muller is accused of fatally shooting Todd Amos, Christopher Hart and newspaper delivery team Freddy Swiger and Fred Swiger on Locust Avenue in July.

Clarksburg Police Detective Jason Snider testified in court. Magistrate Frank DeMarco ruled there was probable cause to move the case forward. The case will be presented to a grand jury at a later date.


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A Fairmont man accused of murdering four people on Locust Avenue in Clarksburg in July has been found mentally competent to stand trial.

Sidney Muller, 27, is facing four counts of first degree murder in the shooting deaths of Todd Russell Amos, 29, Christopher Hart, 26, and longtime newspaper delivery team Freddy Swiger, 70, and Fred Swiger, 47. Court documents allege that Muller went to Hart's Locust Avenue home on the morning of July 26 to collect a $10,000 drug debt owed to him by Hart and Amos.

Public Defender Wiley Newbold told Judge James Matish in September that Muller suffers from four of the five symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder and that Muller regularly visits the Veterans Affairs hospital. Newbold said VA records reflect that Muller suffers from a history of mental illness and is on several prescription drugs for PTSD.

Muller's next court date hasn't been scheduled at this time, according to the Harrison County Prosecutor's Office.