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.