PHILIPPI, W.Va. – The Barbour County Sheriff’s Department held a news conference, Tuesday morning, to release details on a January 3, 2022 shooting death at the Pleasant Creek Wildlife Management Area shooting range.
The victim, David Heater, 21 of Idamay, died of a single gunshot wound, officials said. Heater’s body was found by people coming to use the shooting range that day.
An investigation led authorities to Stoane Binegar, 19 of Blacksville. On Monday, Binegar confessed to the killing, during an interview with West Virginia State Police at the West Union detachment, according to Sheriff Brett Carpenter.
During their investigation, deputies recovered a pistol, which they say is the murder weapon. Investigators also found several cell phones and are executing search warrants for the social media accounts found on the phones. Deputies also found that Heater’s personal items were taken. Authorities also found that Binegar and Heater were together in the same car, in the hours leading up to the shooting, they said. Officials believe that the shooting took place at the gun range. Beyond that information, authorities are not yet releasing a motive for the shooting, they said. The investigation is ongoing.
Binegar is charged with first degree murder and is being held in the North Central Regional Jail.
Along with the Barbour County Sheriff’s Department, involved in the investigation were officials from the West Virginia State Police, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Law Enforcement the Philippi Police Department, the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department, the Fairmont Police Department, the Marion County Sheriff’s Department and the Barbour County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.
Binegar is also facing a misdemeanor charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, in Monongalia County. In that case, Binegar is accused of helping an underage girl run away from home on three different occasions. That is alleged to have happened after the Barbour County shooting.