UPDATE: More details released in Thursday night murder in Elkins

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UPDATE (Nov. 22, 2021 11:26 a.m.):

ELKINS, W.Va. — More information has been released in Elkins’ fatal Thursday night shooting.

According to a criminal complaint, on Nov. 18, officers with the Elkins Police Department were dispatched to a residence on Whiteman Avenue in Elkins in reference to an individual with a gunshot wound.

Upon officers’ arrival, they saw the victim, Timothy Slayton, 41, “leaned against a couch bleeding from the chest,” officers said.

Witnesses on scene stated that they “heard gunshots and then someone knocking on the door” of the Whiteman Avenue residence. At that point, Slayton “was observed leaning against the door stating ‘I’ve been shot,’ at which time Slayton was brought into the residence,” according to the complaint.

Officers learned from witnesses that a gray Dodge Dakota had been parked on the street near the residence and left the scene at some point; from speaking with another individual, officers learned that Heath Coberly, 48, of Elkins, had “threatened Slayton with a firearm” a week prior to the incident, officers said.

When officers learned of Coberly’s address, 1117 Smith Kerens Avenue, they arrived on scene and found the vehicle which had its “side window busted” and had “a spent shell casing in the front seat,” according to the complaint.

After locating Coberly at the residence, he “admitted to willfully traveling to the location of Slayton and confessed to shooting Slayton,” officers said.

On Nov. 19, troopers with the Randolph County detachment of the West Virginia State Police were dispatched to Tygart Valley Regional Jail in reference to an inmate attempting to transport a controlled substance into the facility, according to a separate criminal complaint.

When troopers arrived, correctional officers told troopers that Coberly was being processed on charges stemming from the Nov. 18 incident, whereupon a body scan was conducted which resulted in correctional officers observing “a perfect circular object in the rectal area of Coberly,” troopers said.

At that point, a Coberly was “stripped down to a green suit to conduct a second body scan,” which resulted in no object being observed; however, correctional officers then observed “Coberly to have his right fist clinched,” according to the complaint.

A search was then conducted and correction officers found a “brownish/orange in color glass cylinder with a white metal lid containing 11 chunks of” buprenorphine hydrochloride 8mg, troopers said.

Coberly has been charged with first-degree murder and transporting controlled substances into jail. He is being held in Tygart Valley Regional Jail without bond.


ORIGINAL (Nov. 19, 2021 9:17 a.m.):

ELKINS, W.Va. — A man has been taken into custody after a shooting which resulted in the death of another man in Elkins on Thursday night.

According to a press release sent out by the Elkins Police Department, officers were alerted to a shooting at 11:39 p.m. Thursday on Whiteman Avenue in Elkins.

Heath Coberly

When first-responders arrived, they found a man, identified later as Timothy Slayton, 41, “suffering from multiple gunshot wounds,” and provided medical aid to him until Randolph County EMS could arrive on scene, the release states.

An investigation led officers to Heath Coberly, 48, as a suspect in this incident; officers were able to take Coberly into custody without incident at 1:03 a.m. the next day, the release states.

Slayton was transported to Davis Medical Center where he died shortly after due to his injuries, officers said.

Coberly is being charged with murder; he has not been arraigned at this time.

In the release, Elkins Police Chief Travis Bennett said, “I would like to thank the W.Va. State Police, Randolph County Sheriff’s Department, the Randolph County Prosecutor’s Office and Randolph County EMS for their assistance with this incident.”

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