Warrants issued for 3 men associated with 1989 cold case murder at Harrison County Correction Center

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CLARKSBURG, WV (WBOY) — Arrest warrants were issued for three inmates at the Mount Olive Correctional Center in relation to a cold case murder that happened in the former Harrison County Correctional Center in 1989, law enforcement officials said.

According to Harrison County Sheriff’s deputy Dixon Pruitt, John Perry was in cell E of the fifth floor range of the former Harrison County Correctional Center when he was beaten and strangled to death.

During that time, Frederick Hamilton, 62; Charles Franklin, 64; and Warren Franklin, 63; were inmates in the Moundsville State Penitentiary, but were being held in the Harrison County facility in order to testify for a trial, Pruitt said. The three men will be charged in connection to Perry’s murder.

Warrants were issued for Hamilton and Charles Franklin on charges of second-degree murder. Warren Franklin is being charged with malicious wounding.

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Frederick Hamilton

Hamilton is serving several prison sentences for 1978 convictions in Grant County for first degree murder, malicious assault, first degree robbery with weapons and abduction, as well as first degree robbery with weapons in Harrison County, also in 1978, according to the West Virginia Division of Corrections website.

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Charles Franklin

Charles Franklin is in prison after being convicted of breaking and entering in Berkeley County in 1975, first degree robbery with weapons in both Hampshire and Morgan counties in 1982, assault during the commission of a felony, also in Morgan County in 1982 and second degree murder in Wood County in 1987, as listed by the DOC website.

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Warren Franklin

Warren Franklin is serving time for his convictions for first degree robbery with weapons in Hampshire and Morgan counties in 1982, assault during the commission of a felony, also in Morgan County in 1982 and first degree murder in Harrison County in 1988, the DOC website said.

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