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UPDATE: Third man enters plea of guilty in 2011 Mason County, WV murder case

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Steve Adkins, 27, plead guilty Friday to second degree murder. He is the 3rd suspect to do so in the murder case of Rene Gonzalez. Gonzalez was found shot to death at his home along Route 2 in Gallipolis Ferry back in July of 2011. Adkins is expected back in court for sentencing on March 21, 2014. 

McCallister and Woods , the other two suspects in the case, have been sentenced and are serving time. 



Three men have been charged with the murder of Rene Gonzalez, found shot to death at his home along Route 2 in Gallipolis Ferry.

Chad McCallister, 25, and Matthew Woods, 24, appeared in Mason County Magistrate Court Friday morning. Their cases were bound over to the grand jury.

According to West Virginia State Police Sgt. E.B. Starcher, a third man facing charges in connection to Gonzalez' death is fighting extradition in Gallipolis, Ohio, to face the murder charges in West Virginia. Steven Adkins, 25, was arrested in Ohio on a fugitive from justice warrant out of Mason County.

Cpl. B.L. Keefer testified the information he was told in an interview with McCallister: McCallister told him he had been in a physical altercation with Gonzalez the night before the murder. McCallister continued to tell Keefer that he and Gonzalez had an ongoing feud about another woman. McCallister had been visited previously by Adkins, who said he would get justice for McCallister. Woods allegedly drove Adkins to the trailer, but McCallister alleged he thought the incident would just be a robbery and a fight. The motive, according to Keefer's testimony, was revenge.  


Steven Adkins Jr. refuses to waive extradition, according to clerks with Gallipolis, Ohio, Municipal Court. So a review hearing has been set for Aug. 25 at 10 a.m. Adkins is one of three suspects in the alleged murder of Renee Gonzalez.

The number of suspects is growing in the Rene Gonzalez murder investigation. The West Virginia State Police arrested two more men Friday night in connection with Gonzalez's death.

Chad Worthy McCallister, 29, of Apple Grove is now under arrest, as well as Matthew Christopher Woods, 24, of Gallipolis Ferry, according to officials at the Western Regional Jail.

An initial suspect, Steven Adkins, 25, of Gallipolis Ferry, was arrested earlier Friday.

 State troopers of the Mason County detachment arrested Steven Adkins, 25, of Gallipolis.

Adkins is charged with first degree murder in the death of Rene Gonzalez, 43. Gonzalez had been shot multiple times and found on his front porch at about 3 a.m. July 11.

State police said Gonzalez was a known drug courier in the area, but the connection between Gonzalez and Adkins is not known at this time. Authorities said Adkins may not have acted alone; more arrests could come next week.

The vehicle of interest reported on Wednesday was found to be a blue Dodge Neon. Details about the owner(s) have not been released.


The West Virginia State Police in Mason County have taken over the case of the shooting death of Rene Gonzalez according to investigators in a news conference Wednesday morning.

Investigators said they now have a vehicle of interest they believe was in the area at the time of the murder and would like the public's help.

The car is described as a dark colored passenger car with tinted windows, believed to have a West Virginia license plate, oval headlights, and had ignition/starter problems causing it to emit a high pitch grinding sound when started. Police said this is only a car of interest, but not a suspect vehicle. Police believe the occupants in the car may be able to provide essential information in the murder investigation.

If you have any information please call the Mason detachment at 304-675-0850.


Investigators are working to finding out who shot a Mason County man at his home.

According to State Police Sgt. E.B. Starcher, Rene Gonzalez was found dead at his home early Monday morning. Starcher said someone had stopped by to see Gonzalez and that is when the person called 911 just after 3 a.m.

The Mason County Sheriff's Department was the first to arrive and the crime scene team was called in to investigate. Details about Gonzalez's death were not released Monday morning.

Starcher said the Gonzalez's body will be sent to the medical examiner's office soon. The Mason County Sheriff's Department is in charge of the investigation with the assistance of the West Virginia State Police.