PINEVILLE, W. Va. (WVNS)– A Wyoming County man charged with first degree murder for killing a man and burning his clothes pleaded guilty to three lesser charges.
According to court documents, John Toler pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter, conspiracy and illegal disposal of human remains.
On December 26, 2015 David Crawford was reported missing. The person who reported him missing told deputies they got into an argument and Crawford went to Toler’s home in West Turkey Dip near Oceana. Toler told deputies Crawford did come over on December 23, but left in a white Cadillac Escalade with a with a group of people.
After further investigation, by deputies and troopers Robert Burton III admitted he knew where Crawford’s body was located.
Burton III said he was at the home with Toler and Crawford and heard gun fire. He said he saw Crawford’s covered in blood in Toler in the kitchen and saw Toler carrying a black gun.
According to Wyoming County prosecutor’s, Burton helped Toler put Crawford’s body in a tote. The two dumped the body in the Craney area.
According to court documents, Toler admitted to deputies he and Crawford argued over money and he feared for his safety so he shot Crawford in the back of the neck. Prosecutors said Toler told them Crawford had a gun. After the shooting Toler said he and Burton burned Crawford’s clothes, and threw the gun into a river close to his property.
Toler was sentenced 17 to 25 years in prison.
Burton is charged with accessory after the fact, conspiracy and concealment of deceased human body.