Grafton man turns himself in to Mon County Sheriff’s Department on first-degree murder charge

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The Monongalia County Sheriff’s Department issued a press release Saturday afternoon regarding an ongoing murder investigation that happened on or around May 29 in Taylor County.

Nicholas Padron

According to officials, 28-year-old Nicholas Padron, of Grafton, turned himself in to deputies at the Monongalia County Sheriff’s Department at approximately 1 a.m. Saturday.

According to a criminal complaint filed by the Taylor County Sheriff’s Department, Padron gave a mirandized statement admitting to the fact that “he did kill and murder the victim.”

Padron was arraigned in Monongalia County Magistrate Court on a charge of first-degree murder. No bail has been set at this time. He is being held in North Central Regional Jail.

Padron, who is originally from Texas, allegedly killed his girlfriend’s father, 50-year-old Michael Blackburn, of Grafton, and severed his head.

Taylor County Sheriff Terry Austin explained that the Monongalia County Sheriff’s Department is assisting in the ongoing investigation.

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