GUILTY: Voluntary manslaughter trial comes to a close

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LEWISBURG, WV (WVNS) — A West Virginia man was convicted of voluntary manslaughter in the shooting of a man with a compound bow and arrow.

Greenbrier County jurors found Carl Wayne Rich, 25, of Charmco guilty on Friday, Nov. 8, 2019 in the June 2018 death of 29-year-old Jeffery ” Jay” Booth.

Rich testified he threatened Booth with the bow but did not intentionally shoot him. Rich added that Booth had startled him and the bow accidentally fired.

According to a criminal complaint, Rich believed Booth had taken his cell phone. A witness testified at the trial that the phone was later found at the home of someone else.

Rich initially was charged with first-degree murder.

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