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NEW DETAILS: Attempted murder charge dropped in battery investigation

BECKLEY, W. Va. (WVNS) - 11 a.m. Friday, April 6, 2018 UPDATE:  A man who was charged with attempted murder in a domestic battery case is now facing lesser charges.  During a preliminary hearing on Thursday, Vernon Peters was charged with malicious wounding and domestic battery.  

The reason for dropping the attempted murder charge was a lack of probable cause.  The case will now go to the Raleigh County grand jury in May.  

The victim in the case did not testify during the preliminary hearing.  However, prosecutors said her testimony could establish evidence to support that Peters did intend to kill her.

They added that the attempted murder charge could be presented to the grand jury at a later date to see if there is sufficient evidence to move forward with the more serious charge.

Peters is being held in the Southern Regional Jail on a $500,000 bond.


ORIGINAL STORY: A man is facing an attempted murder charge after a woman claims he attacked her and she woke up in a pool of her own blood.

On March 26, 2018 a woman told deputies she got into an argument with Vernon Peters at a home on Robert C. Byrd Drive in Beckley.

According to court documents, during the fight she remembers seeing Peters walk towards her in an aggressive manor while popping his knuckles. The victim said she doesn't remember what happened after that, but she woke up in her own blood. 

When she heard Peters was still in the home she ran from the home and to a local restaurant.  She was taken to a local hospital where she received 13 stitches on the top of her head.

Peters is also facing malicious wounding and other charges. He remains in the Southern Regional Jail on a $500,000 bond.

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