UPDATE: 1 man sentenced to life with mercy in 2020 slaying of WVU student


Terrell Linear (l) Shaundarius Reeder (r)

UPDATE (7/23/2021 1:14 p.m.):

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — A man who previously pleaded guilty to the murder of a WVU student has been sentenced to life with mercy.

According to the Monongalia County Prosecutor’s Office, Terrell Linear, 22, of Fairmont was sentenced to the term of life in prison with the possibility of mercy in front of Monongalia County Circuit Judge Susan Tucker on Thursday.

Still to be tried is an alleged accomplice in the murder, Shaundarius Reeder, 21, who did not accept a plea; according to the prosecutor’s office, a trial date has yet to be set for Reeder.

ORIGINAL (6/2/2021 11:48 a.m.):

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — A man has pleaded guilty in the February 2020 murder of a WVU student from an incident at College Park Apartments in Morgantown.

On Tuesday, Terrell Linear, 22, of Fairmont, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder before Monongalia County Circuit Judge Susan Tucker, according to the Monongalia County Prosecutor’s Office.

Linear and co-defendant Shaundarius Reeder are accused of shooting Eric James Smith, 21, of Clementon, New Jersey.

Reeder, 21, did not accept take a plea and is slated to go to trial at a later date, an official with the prosecutor’s office said.

A sentencing has been set for Linear on July 22 at 1:30 p.m., according to the prosecutor’s office.

Linear is being held in the North Central Regional Jail, awaiting his sentencing.

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