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Tuesday, June 16, 2020, 12:00 p.m. UPDATE: The man arrested in connection to a fatal fire was supposed to be in court Tuesday, June 16.

Joseph Davis was expected in court for a preliminary hearing in front of Magistrate Tanner. However, he waived his right to the hearing.

He will now move on to the grand jury for indictment.


Tuesday, June 9, 2020, 9:00 a.m. UPDATE: What began as a fatal fire investigation turns into a murder case.

The Beaver Volunteer Fire Department responded to a home on Canterbury Drive in Shady Spring Monday, June 8, 2020. While searching the home, firefighters found Margaret Lilly dead.

Deputies with the Raleigh County Sheriff’s Office said throughout the investigation evidence was found leading them to believe Mrs. Lilly was the victim of a homicide. Another person who lived at the home, Joseph Davis, was not there and Lilly’s car was missing.

Investigators later found the car in Summers County along with Davis. After a stand-off with West Virginia State Police, Davis was taken into custody. Additional evidence supporting the homicide case was also discovered.

Davis was arrested and charged with murder. According to the Regional Jail & Correctional Facility Authority website, Davis is also facing charges in Summers County. Those include Fleeing, Obstructing an Officer, and Battery on an Officer.

Beaver Volunteer Fire Department, Ghent Volunteer Fire Department, Raleigh County Sheriff’s Office, State Fire Marshal, West Virginia State Police, Mabscott VFD, Coal City VFD, WV State Medical Examiner, and Jan-Care Ambulance responded to the scene.

No further details are being released at this time.


SHADY SPRING, WV (WVNS)– One person is dead following a structure fire on Canterbury Dr. in Shady Spring. Dispatchers told 59News the call came in at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, June 8, 2020.

Few details were released on the case. An investigation was started to determine what caused the fire. There is no word on the name of the victim at this time. Raleigh County Sheriff’s Department is leading the investigation and the West Virginia State troopers are assisting.

Beaver Volunteer Fire Department, Ghent Volunteer Fire Department, Mabscott Volunteer Fire Department, and Coal City Fire Department responded to the scene.

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