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The May term of the Wyoming County grand jury reviewed cases involving everything from Meth Labs to Murder.

The grand jury met during the week of May 6 in Wyoming County and the result was 23 indictments.  The members of the grand jury looked at two recent murder cases that made headlines among the other cases they were presented.

The most recent crime was a murder that happened just two weeks ago. Joshua May was indicted on a First Degree Murder charge.  He allegedly stabbed his mother, Sandra May, in the throat with a steak knife on Monday, April 29.  That happened at a home on Bowers Ridge Road in Saulsville.

John Douglas New was also indicted on a First Degree Murder charge. He is accused of killing Elaine Birchfield on Feb. 22.  Birchfield was a bus driver for Wyoming County Schools.  New was also indicted on charges of First Degree Sexual Assault, Grand Larceny and Daytime Burglary.

Another violent crime that went before the grand jury was the beating of an elderly couple from the Baileysville area.  That happened on Jan. 3.  Medwin Willard is accused of beating up his grandparents.  He was indicted on charges of Malicious Assault, Kidnapping, Malicious Assault of Elderly and Grand Larceny.  Sheriff Randall Aliff told 59News at the time that this was the most brutal domestic crime he had seen in years. 

A sexual assault case against a child that dates back to May 2012 was also heard by the grand jury.  Van Buren Mullins of Lynco was indicted on charges of Sexual Abuse by a Parent, Guardian or Custodian and Third Degree Sexual Assault.  The arrest was made by the West Virginia State Police Crimes Against Children unit.

William Short of Beckley was indicted on a charge of Operating a Clandestine Drug Laboratory.  He was arrested for operating a methamphetamine lab out of a camper.  That arrest happened back in February.

Other indictments that were handed down included several for having and selling drugs.  In fact, 17-percent of the indictments were directly drug related.  There were also several indictments for various kinds of theft from writing bad checks to burglary and breaking and entering.  A complete look at the indictment list can be viewed at the link to the right.