UPDATE: Suspect in two Mineral Wells deaths gets sent to grand jury

MINERAL WELLS, W.Va. - Update: 1/19/2017
Karen Sampson testified in court today about the day her two friends, Brandy and Shawn Hardman were killed.

She says her husband was waiting for her in the shower when she returned home from dropping the kids off at the school bus stop on January 10th.

Sampson said he held her at the throat and then placed the gun at her temple several times, while telling her that their kids were going to be orphans that day.

Magistrate Jody Purkey Decided that there was probable cause to send the case to a Grand Jury. That's when the next phase of the case will be.

Update: 1/13/2017

Accused double-murder suspect Jeffery Sampson remains held without bond in the North Central Regional Jail, after a bond hearing Friday.

During the hearing, new details emerged about the fatal incident.

According to Wood County's prosecuting attorney Pat Lefebure, Jeffery Sampson attempted to reconcile with his estranged wife, Karen Sampson the day before the murder but was unsuccessful. The next morning, he texted his wife 20 times. Karen took their 2 children to school that morning and when she got home, she had to fight for her life.

"She began her day doing chores and going through her normal day-to-day activities when she found the defendant hiding in her bathroom in the shower at that time he produced a firearm grabbed her by the throat and held her at gunpoint for a period of time," Lefebure said.

Lefebure says Karen was on the phone with her friend Brandy Hardman during the confrontation. After hearing the commotion over the phone, Brandy decided to respond to the scene with her husband Shawn.

Once in the Nova Road home, an altercation ensued and Shawn Hardman was shot once in the chest while Brandy was shot while trying to hide from the suspect.

Karen Sampson hid in the closet as her husband fled the scene.

Sampson's defense attorney asked Judge J.D. Beane Friday to grant his client home confinement but was denied.

Update: 1/11/2016 5:20 P.M.

Accused double-murder suspect Jeffery Sampson was arrested last summer after making threatening calls and text messages in violation of a protective order.

However, Wood County Sheriff Steve Stephens says there was no such order in place at the time of Tuesday's killings.

An Aug. 1 post on the Sheriff's Office Facebook page said Sampson had continuously driven past the complainant's residence on Nova Road in Mineral Wells. That's the same area where Tuesday's shooting took place.

Stephens told The News Center Wednesday the protective order was issued for the safety of Sampson's wife, Karen, and her children.

Sampson was arrested last July 30 on charges of violation of the protective order.

There was no bond set at Sampson's initial arraignment Tuesday in Braxton County.

He is scheduled for a bond hearing Friday morning in Wood County Circuit Court.

UPDATE: 01/17/2010 5 P.M.

A Wood County man is in custody charged with two counts of first-degree murder following the shooting deaths of two people early today at a residence on Nova Road in Mineral Wells.

Jeffery Lyle Sampson, 46, of Oakbrook Drive, Mineral Wells, was arraigned in Braxton County Magistrate Court about 4 p.m. today following his arrest by West Virginia State Police near Sutton Lake in Braxton County.

A criminal complaint filed in Wood County Magistrate Court identified the victims as Brandy Lynn Hardman and Shawn Michael Hardman.

The complaint says Sampson’s estranged wife, Karen Dianne Sampson, called Brandy Hardman and asked her to come to her residence because her estranged husband was there.

Brandy Hardman and Shawn Hardman arrived at the residence on Nova Road and an altercation ensued that resulted in the shooting.

After the shooting, authorities including the Wood County Sheriff’s Office and state police began a multicounty manhunt that encompassed parts of Wood, Wirt, Calhoun, Roane, Gilmer and Braxton counties.

Mineral Wells Elementary, Parkersburg South High School, and all three Wirt Counties schools were on lockdown this morning as authorities searched for Sampson’s red Chevy Colorado pickup truck. Glenville State College in Glenville also was placed on lockdown for a short time.

State police troopers took Sampson into custody about 12:30 near Sutton Lake in Braxton County.

Sampson was taken to the Central Regional Jail in Flatwoods.

He will remain in jail until a preliminary hearing takes place circuit court.

UPDATE: 01/10/2017

West Virginia State troopers captured a man wanted in connection with a fatal shooting this morning in Mineral Wells.

Jeffery Sampson, 46, was captured about 12:30 p.m. near Sutton Lake in Braxton County, a State Police spokesman said.

Wood County Sheriff Steve Stephens also confirmed the arrest and that a second person has died in the shooting, which happened about 8 a.m. today on Nova Road in Mineral Wells.

The second victim died after being taken to Camden Clark Medical Center.

The identities of the victims have not been released.

The Wood County Sheriff's Office, the West Virginia State Police and authorities in several counties had been conducting a manhunt for Sampson.

No officers were injured during the arrest, the State Police spokesman says.

Mineral Wells Elementary and Parkersburg South High School were placed on lockdown after the shooting, but that order has been lifted at both schools.

Wirt County schools also were locked down briefly shortly after the shooting occurred.

Stay tuned to WTAP News at 5 and 6 and logon to www.thenewscenter.tv for more updates.

UPDATE: 01/17/2017 12:05 P.M.

A lockdown at Mineral Wells Elementary School remains in place this afternoon as authorities look for a person of interest in a fatal shooting that also left one person hospitalized.

Parkersburg South High School also was locked down after the shooting on Nova Road about 8 a.m., but that order has been lifted.

Authorities are looking for 46-year-old Jeff Sampson, who's described as as white, 5-foot-10, 220 pounds, with brown hair and green eyes.

He is thought to be driving a red Chevy Colorado pickup with camo flaring around the wheels and camo trim. The license plate on the vehicle is W.Va. 7ZR869.

Authorities consider him to be armed and dangerous.

UPDATE: 1/10/2017 10:51 a.m.

A person of interest has been named in a fatal shooting in Mineral Wells this morning.

Wood County Sheriff Steve Stephens says his office is looking for 46 year old Jeff Sampson in connection with the shooting that took place this morning at a trailer at 249 Nova Road.

The shooting took place around 8:00 a.m.

Sheriff Stephens says one person is dead and a second patient is being treated at an area hospital.

Authorities are not releasing the names of the victims at this time as they are still notifying their families.

Jeff Sampson is a white male. He is 5 foot 10 inches tall and 220 pounds with green eyes and brown hair. He does wear glasses as well.

Stephens says he is driving a red 2004 Chevy Colorado with camo flaring around the wheels and camo trim.

The license plate on the vehicle is 7ZR869.

The Sheriff’s Department is working on several leads, but have nothing specific at this time.

Sheriff Stephens says Sampson should be considered armed and dangerous.

Mineral Wells Elementary and Parkersburg South High School remain on lockdown as the search continues for Sampson.

UPDATE: 01/10/2017 10:30 PM

Authorities investigating a shooting this morning in Mineral Wells have issued a 'be-on-the-lookout" order for a suspect.

According to the Wood County 911 center, the suspect might be driving a red Chevrolet Colorado pickup and could be in the Calhoun County area.

The shooting happened shooting happened abound 8 a.m. today on Nova Road in Mineral Wells.

At least one person was taken to the hospital by ambulance.

Mineral Wells Elementary and Parkersburg South High schools remained on lockdown as of 10:30 a.m., thought the incident does not involved either school.

Wirt County schools were briefly placed on lockdown after the shooting, but the order has been lifted.

Authorities are responding to a shooting on Nova Road in Mineral Wells.

Wood County dispatchers says at least one victim has been transported to the hospital.

Officials are still attempting to locate the suspect.

Mineral Wells Elementary and Parkersburg South High School are currently on lockdown as a precaution. The incident does not involve either school.

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