2 indicted after hunting dispute in West Virginia left 2 people dead

LEWISBURG, W.Va. — A grand jury in West Virginia returned indictments Tuesday against two people after a dispute over a hunting lease led to the fatal shooting of two people in November.

Terri Lynn Storer, 46, of Charleston, was charged with two counts of murder, while Randy Lee Barnhart, 50, was charged with two counts of accessory after the fact to murder, WOAY reported.

According to the indictments, Storer “willfully, maliciously, and deliberately killed Jeremiah Russell Thomas, 33, and Jennifer Faye Thomas, 34, on Nov. 29, 2019, WCHS reported. Barnhart, meanwhile, aided Storer to “avoid or escape” arrest, trial or punishment, the television station reported.

According to a release from the West Virginia State Police, an argument broke out between Stoner and Barnhart, who are members of the Madison Hunting Club, and the Thomases, WDVM reported. The couple was traveling on a dirt road located Williamsburg, the television station reported. Deputies said the argument escalated, and that Storer fatally shot the Thomases, WDVM reported. The couple was pronounced dead at the scene, the television station reported.

Storer and Barnhart were booked into the Eastern Regional Jail on Sunday, WOAY reported. Storer is being held without bond; Barnhart was released after posting $25,000 bail, the television station reported.

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