LATEST: Victim in Marlinton murder was retired WV State Trooper


UPDATE 11:30 a.m. Nov, 30 2015

Aaron Bussard is expected to be arraigned at 9 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 30, 2015 in Allegheny County, VA District Court. The courts will decide whether he will be extradited back to West Virginia in this hearing as well.   He is expected to be charged with two counts of First Degree Murder and one count of Grand Larceny.

West Virginia State Troopers have released the names of the victims as Tim McDaniels and his wife Shawn Marie McDaniels.  They were 61 and 59-years-old respectively.  McDaniels is a retired West Virginia State Trooper who served from 1978 to 1991.  He was wounded in the line of duty on a call involving a domestic dispute.  He received a Purple Heart.

“Trooper and Mrs. McDaniels’ family remain in our thoughts and prayers as they deal with this senseless tragedy,” Lt. Michael Baylous, in a release to the media.

UPDATE 6:05 p.m. Nov 29, 2015:

We’re learning new details in the double homicide that happened in Pocahontas County on Friday, November 27, 2015. The Pocahontas County Sheriff, David Jonese, tells us that the victims are the suspects grandparents. The suspect Aaron Bussard is currently in custody in Allegheny County, Virginia.

UPDATE 7:35 p.m. Nov 28, 2015:

MARLINTON, W.Va. (AP) – Officials say a person of interest in a double homicide in West Virginia has been captured in Virginia.
Allegheny County Sheriff Kevin Hall said 22-year-old Aaron J. Bussard was captured Saturday after two citizens spotted him a gas station outside of Covington. Hall said police stopped the car Bussard was driving and spent 2 1/2 hours negotiating with him to try to get him out of the vehicle before hitting him with a stun gun and taking him into custody.
West Virginia State Police say Bussard is a person of interest in the deaths of two people in Marlinton. Police have not named the victims or specified how they were killed.
Hall said Bussard was armed with three firearms when he was stopped and threatened to take his own life.

UPDATE: 12:30 p.m. Nov. 28, 2015:

Troopers with the West Virginia State Police announced on Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015 that a person of interest in a double murder investigation out of Marlinton, WV has been found.  Aaron Bussard, 22, of Marlinton, WV was picked up by Sheriff’s Deputies in Allegheny County, VA.  He was wanted on charges of stealing a truck that was owned by the murder victims.  He is also a person of interest in the murder investigation.  

There is no word on when Bussard will be extradited back to West Virginia.

MARLINTON, WEST VIRGINIA- On Friday, November 27, 2015, at approximately 2:00pm, a Trooper from the Marlinton Detachment conducted a welfare check on Crow Hill Drive in Marlinton, West Virginia. At the residence, the Trooper discovered two homicide victims. During the course of the investigation it was determined that a black Honda Pilot bearing West Virginia registration LE09, belonging to the victims was missing. Probable cause was developed to obtain an arrest warrant for Mr. Aaron J. Bussard, 22, of Marlinton, WV for grand larceny of the vehicle. Mr. Bussard is also a person of interest in the double homicide. Mr. Bussard should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information concerning Mr. Bussard’s whereabouts is requested to contact the West Virginia State Police by phone, 304-746-2198

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