Jury Returns Guilty Verdict in Upshur County Man's Murder Trial
By Jeff Schrock, Randolph, Tucker & Upshur County Reporter/Anchor - bio | email
A jury comprised of 6 men and 6 women returned a verdict in the murder trial of Jesse Heater just after approximately two and a half hours of deliberations Wednesday. Jurors found Heater guilty of murdering Joshua Oberg on each count including first degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder, concealment of a deceased human body, and conspiracy of concealment of a deceased human body. The jury did not recommend mercy in the first degree murder conviction.
The jury had received instructions and began deliberating at 12:16 p.m. Wednesday The prosecution rested Wednesday morning and the defense did not call any witnesses. The jury sent a note at approximately 12:28 p.m. that said a foreman had been elected and they would like to adjourn for lunch. The jury returned at 1:30 p.m. and examined the gun used in the shooting. At approximately 3 p.m., the jury asked Judge Hall to clarify the difference between first and second degree murder and continued deliberations until it returned a guilty verdict just after 4 p.m.
Heater will be sentenced at 9 a.m. on August 14 following a pre-sentence investigation. Heater is facing life in prison.
The trial for Jesse Heater continued on Tuesday.
Prosecutor Jake Reger called more than a dozen witnesses to the stand, including Heater's aunt and law enforcement officials who investigated the case.
Reger said the prosecution could rest as early as the end of court Tuesday.
The trial is expected to continue through the week.
Original: The trial of an Upshur County man accused of murder got underway on Monday in Buckhannon.
Jesse Lee Heater is charged with the death of Joshua Oberg.