UPDATE: Felony charge dropped against Fairmont State SGA president


UPDATE (10/24/2019 11:08 a.m.):

FAIRMONT, W.Va. — The felony charge of strangulation against Fairmont State University’s Student Goverment Association has been dropped as of Oct. 17, according to the Marion County Magistrate Court.

The charge was dropped per the request of the victim in the incident; however, the Marion County Prosecutor’s Officer may seek misdemeanor charges against both Tyler Keller and the victim of the incident, according to Marion County Prosecutor Jeff Freeman.

Freeman also said the prosecutor’s office has up to one year from the date of the incident to press charges.

UPDATE (10/7/2019)

FAIRMONT, W.Va. – Additional information has been released on the arrest of the Fairmont State University Student Body President who was charged with strangulation last week.

The criminal complaint stated that on Friday, October 4, officers with the Fairmont Police Department responded to Upland Drive in Fairmont for a destruction of property complaint where the offender was still on scene.

Officers said that upon arrival, Tyler Keller, 21, of Moundsville, was identified as the suspect and seen in the roadway with the caller/victim. Both Keller and the male victim showed signs of a struggle, with Keller actively bleeding from a laceration on his head and the victim having blood around his neck.

Officers said that through investigation, it was determined that Keller started an argument with the victim and accused him of taking his cell phone. Keller knocked the victim onto a bed, straddled him and began choking him with both hands, according to the complaint.

Police said the victim advised them that he could not breathe, and then stuck Keller in the head with a glass wine bottle to get free. The victim then told police that he feared for his life during this encounter. The criminal complaint stated the victim then shoved Keller out of the residence, and Keller went around the back of the residence where he broke through the back door and continued the physical altercation with the victim.

At some point during the physical altercation, Keller struck the victim in the left ear so hard the victim sustained loss of hearing, according to the criminal complaint.

Keller has been charged with strangulation, according to court documents.

ORIGINAL (10/4/2019)

FAIRMONT, W.Va. – The Student Body President of Fairmont State was arrested Friday morning on felony strangulation charges, according to North Central Regional Jail.

Tyler Keller

Officials said that at approximately 6:30 a.m. on Friday; Tyler Keller, 21, was brought into North Central Regional Jail for booking.

Keller was brought in by Fairmont Police Department who are investigating the case, according to officials.

His bail has been set at 100,000.

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