PRINCETON — A Bluefield male who pleaded responsible to murder and larceny Wednesday was instantly sentenced to 25 decades in jail next his admission in Mercer County Circuit Court.
Christopher Wyatt Bailey, 29, entered the plea right before Choose Mark Wills. He was billed with the Could 4, 2019, capturing death of William Lee Simons, 47, of Tazewell, Va.
Simons’ body was found Could 5, 2019, in close proximity to Dawson Faculty Highway, which runs from Airport Road to Littlesburg Road in the Brushfork place. He had been shot multiple times, which include two shots in the arm and into the torso and one particular involving the shoulder blades into the higher back, according to previous experiences by West Virginia Point out Trooper R.L Jones.
Jones responded to the scene of the homicide after getting a contact about an abandoned car. Simons’ system was discovered about 150 toes from the vehicle about an embankment.
Bailey was arrested Could 7, 2019, and billed with the murder.
Through a 2019 preliminary listening to, Trooper Jones testified that Simons appeared to have run from the car or truck and “ran out of his flip-flops.” Eight discharged 9 mm rounds ended up found within 10 toes of his human body, and a 9 mm magazine, folding knife and cellphone had been also observed nearby.
It was later identified the cellphone belonged to Bailey.
Jones also testified that Simons’ pockets experienced been “turned inside of out,” which indicated a robbery, and a blood-stained $100 invoice was uncovered to have been expended by Bailey at an S&S Specific on the early morning of May 5.
Bailey’s home was subsequently searched and a Taurus 9 mm handgun was uncovered in his bed room.
Even though Bailey was indicted for murder in Oct 2019, he was located not capable to stand trial during a listening to in November of that 12 months.
Throughout that listening to, Mercer County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney David Pfeifer reported Bailey could get back competency and be introduced back to court docket.
“We despatched him to a mental health and fitness facility to see if he can get back competency to stand demo,” Pfeiffer claimed.
For the duration of Wednesday’s hearing, Judge Wills questioned Bailey about his competency, asking if he had a heritage of psychological health issues.
“Yes, Your Honor,” Bailey replied. “Bipolar and paranoid schizophrenia.”
Wills requested if this impacted his plea.
“I never reckon Your Honor,” Bailey responded.
Attired in orange jail garb, all seen elements of Bailey’s human body — arms, face and fingers — ended up protected in tattoos. He played with his handcuffs nervously throughout the hearing, and at instances rocked back and forth and clenched his arms into fists.
Right after conveying the plea to Bailey, Wills asked him if he was responsible or not guilty.
“Guilty, Your Honor,” Bailey explained.
Immediately after signing courtroom files, Bailey questioned Wills, “Your honor, will I go household sometime?”
“I can’t remedy that,” Wills stated.
Wills later on allowed Bailey to go away the courtroom to confer with his lawyers, Derrick Lefler and Bill Huffman, about the plea and sentence.
Upon their return, Wills once again requested Bailey if he continue to required to plead guilty to which Bailey replied, “Yes.”
Lefler explained to Wills that despite the fact that Bailey experienced a psychological health prognosis, “Today he appears to be aware and with it.”
“He is capable to comprehend and communicate,” Lefler explained. “Today he is in a posture to make conclusions.”
In addition to the murder plea, Bailey also pleaded responsible to grand larceny. The demand stemmed from the theft of a Mercer County woman’s household through which he stole a tv, gaming program, 15 online games, fidget spinners, a silver marriage band and a pair of sneakers valued at $90.
At the conclusion of the listening to, Wills sentenced Bailey to 25 yrs in jail for second-degree murder and one particular to 10 a long time for grand larceny, with the sentences to run concurrently.
Bailey was also ordered to pay back $1,735 in restitution to the theft sufferer and court expenditures.
The condition was represented by Pfeifer and Assistant Prosecuting Lawyer Krista Ellison.