Man attempts to appeal Elkins Train Depot murder conviction


A man who fatally shot another man at the Elkins Train Depot in Randolph County attempted to appeal his conviction. 

Derrick Adamson, of Elkins, was sentenced to life in prison without mercy for the first-degree murder of Donovan Nicholson, 22

Adamson murdered Nicholson on April 21, 2015 at the Elkins Train Depot. He was convicted of murder by a jury in October 2016 and sentenced in December 2016.

Adamson attempted to appeal his first-degree murder conviction, along with grand larceny and possession of a stolen vehicle charges he was convicted of in relation to the murder. He said there were six errors with his trial, including that the Randolph County Circuit Court did not question jurors on their understanding of a mercy recommendation, that the state presented insufficient evidence of premeditation and deliberation, which are required to convict him of first-degree murder, and that the court should have granted a mistrial when the prosecutor described the killing as an execution. 

However, the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals disagreed with Adamson and upheld the Randolph County Circuit Court’s conviction.

Adamson is currently serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole.

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