Beckley Man Convicted of 2013 Murder


One Raleigh County man is sentenced after committing a murder in 2013. Wednesday (9/6) Aaron Portis appeared before a Raleigh County judge as he entered a guilty plea to 2nd degree murder.

Portis was originally charged with 1st degree murder in the killing of Deborah Dalton. Dalton was a woman who lived in Beckley and officials report she was getting drugs from Portis. After a lengthy investigation, authorities found enough evidence to convict Portis on 2nd degree murder in September 2017.

After he was sentenced, 59 News spoke with Dalton’s daughter on how this has taken a toll on her and her family.

“I’m the only child, so it was just me and my mom for my whole life,” the daughter of Deborah Dalton, Tiffany Bloodworth said.

Deborah Dalton was murdered August 19, 2013. Wednesday afternoon (9/6) Aaron Portis admitted to shooting Dalton.

The daughter of Dalton, Tiffany Bloodworth said ever since the tragedy, her life has never been the same. “She had a heart of gold, she would give you the shirt off her back,” said Bloodworth.

Authorities said Portis shot Dalton twice in her SUV then put her body underneath her car where he continued to drag her. Blood was later found both inside and outside the car. Dalton was found dead in a backyard in the Harper Heights area of Beckley.

Nearly four years later, Portis took responsibility for his gruesome actions by pleading guilty to 2nd degree murder.

As he sat there in chained up in an orange jumpsuit Wednesday afternoon, he did have something to say to Dalton’s grieving family. “Apologize to everyone involved,” said Portis.

Bloodworth said his words are meaningless, “Nothing he can say to me is every going to make me, I just look at him in disgust.” She knows there’s nothing she can do to bring back her mother, but said everyday she will continue to think about her. “You know I just hope that she’s looking down and hope we’re making her proud.”

Portis will now serve a 15 year sentence for 2nd degree murder.

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