UPDATE: Bond denied for both suspects in December murder

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PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - Update: 1/12/2018 6:35 P.M.

Bond Friday was denied for Kenneth Leroy McCoy, Jr., the second of two suspects held without bond in the December 11 murder of Penni Curtis in Parkersburg.

Bond was also denied Monday for suspect Jessica Roberts in Wood County Circuit Court.


UPDATE: 1/5/2018 7:30 P.M.

The second suspect charged in the murder of Penni Curtiss has waived his preliminary hearing.

Kenneth McCoy Jr., 33, waived the hearing in Wood County Magistrate Court on Friday.

His case will now go to a grand jury in Wood County Circuit Court. A date for that has not been released at the moment.


UPDATE: 1/3/2018, 2:22 P.M.

One of two people charged in the Dec., 2017 murder of Penni Curtiss in Parkersburg has waived their preliminary hearing.

On Wednesday in Wood County Court, Jessica Roberts, 25, of Parkersburg, waived her preliminary hearing, meaning her case will now be heard by a Wood County grand jury.

Roberts and Kenneth McCoy, 33, are each charged with one count of murder, after police say they killed Penni Curtiss on Dec. 11, 2017 in her Tygart Street home, then stole her vehicle and drove to Flora, Illinois, where they were eventually found and arrested at a Wal-Mart.

Roberts also is charged with one count of forgery and uttering and one count of fraudulent use of an access device.

Roberts will have a bond hearing on Monday, January 8.

McCoy's preliminary hearing is scheduled for Friday, January 5.


UPDATE: 12/29/2017 11:55 A.M.

Kenneth Leroy McCoy, Jr. is now charged with one count of murder, in the death December 11 of Penni Curtiss.

He appeared Thursday by video arraignment in Wood County Magistrate Court, since he is currently held in the North Central Regional Jail for a parole violation.

His preliminary hearing is set for Friday, January 5th.

Co-defendant Jessica Roberts, arraigned Wednesday on murder charges, has a preliminary hearing scheduled Wednesday, January 3.

Both also face bond hearings in Wood County Circuit Court.


UPDATE: 12/28/2017 12:06 A.M.

A woman charged in the death of a Parkersburg woman was arraigned Wednesday evening in Wood County Magistrate Court following her extradition from Illinois.

Jessica Roberts is charged with murder in the death of Penni Curtis, who was found dead in her home on Dec. 12.

Roberts also is charged with one count of forgery and uttering and one count of fraudulent use of an access device.

For those lesser charges, her bond is set at $10,000. Her bond on the murder charge will be determined when she appears in Wood County Circuit Court. A date for that hearing hasn't been determined.

If Roberts is found guilty of murder in the death of Curtiss, she could could face life in prison.

She is being held at the North Central Regional Jail.

A co-defendant, Kenneth McCoy Jr., also is in the North Central Regional Jail. He was taken there after his extradition from Illinois.

He is being held on a parole violation, but authorities say he will be arraigned Thursday on a murder charge related to Curtiss' death.

Roberts and McCoy arrested by authorities in Flora., Ill., two days after authorities conducting a welfare check found Curtiss' body inside her home on Tygart Street in south Parkersburg.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Wood County Magistrate Court, Roberts and McCoy went into Curtiss home during the day on Dec. 11..

When Curtiss arrived home that evening, police say she was reportedly struck in the head multiple times. She suffered blunt force trauma and her throat was severely cut.

Authorities say Curtiss' death was a result of either the head trauma, the cuts to her throat or a combination of both.

Authorities say statements provided by McCoy and Roberts and evidence obtained during the investigation indicate that they both particiapted in Curtiss' death.

After Curtiss died, authorities say Roberts and McCoy took some of her personal belongings, including a van Curtiss drove.


UPDATE: 12/19/17 9:15 A.M.

Two suspects in the death of a Parkersburg woman will be returned to Wood County to face charges after appearing in an Illinois court late Monday afternoon.

Clay County, Ill., State's Attorney Joel Powless, says Kenneth McCoy, 33, and Jessica Roberts, 25, agreed not to contest their extradition during a court appearance that began about 3:30 p.m. Central time.

McCoy and Roberts were arrested by the Flora, Ill., Police Department on Dec. 14 after Parkersburg Police named them as "persons of interest" in the death of Penni Jo Curtiss, 53.

"Based on those interviews (by Illinois authorities), and what they had located in the vehicle prior to interviewing those two suspects," says Parkersburg Police Chief Joe Martin, "they were able to tie up a lot of loose ends and recover evidence to support a very good case, and hopefully secure a good conviction."

Chief Martin says McCoy and Roberts are expected to be returned to Wood County in the few days.

Curtiss' body was found Dec. 12 inside her home on Tygart Street after authorities went there to conduct a welfare check.

Authorities have not released details or a possible motive in Curtiss' killing, but Martin calls it a "violent crime", based on evidence from the scene.

He says the victim knew McCoy and Roberts through a family member.

Both have unrelated charges pending in West Virginia.

Parkersburg Police Chief Joe Martin says authorities plan to file murder charges once they're returned to Wood County.

UPDATE: 12/18/17 11:30 A.M.

Two suspects in the murder of a Parkersburg woman are due in court Monday in Illinois for an extradition hearing.

Kenneth McCoy, 33, and Jessica Roberts, 25, were arrested Thursday afternoon at a Wal-Mart in Flora. Ill.

The are suspects in the death of Penni Jo Curtiss, 53, whose body was found inside her Tygart Street home in south Parkersburg last Tuesday after police went there to do a welfare check.

Parkersburg Police detectives traveled to Clay County, Illinois, on Friday to interview both suspects.

Authorities have not released details or a possible motive in Curtiss' killing.

Parkersburg Police Chief Joe Martin says authorities plan to file murder charges once they're returned to Wood County.

We'll continue to update this story online and during our evening newscasts.

UPDATE: 12/15/17 12:55 P.M.

Two people in wanted in connection with the death of a Parkersburg woman are in custody in Illinois.

Police in Flora, Ill., took Kenneth McCoy, 33, and Jessica Roberts, 25, into custody Thursday afternoon at a Wal-Mart.

Parkersburg Police say they are suspects in the death of Penny Jo Curtis, 53, whose body was found inside her Tygart Street home Tuesday afternoon.

Police Chief Joe Martin says two detectives are in Illinois to interview both suspects.

He says his department is working to obtain murder warrants and begin the process of extraditing McCoy and Roberts to West Virginia.

We’ll continue to update this story online and during WTAP News @ 5 and 6.

UPDATE: 12/14/17 12:50 P.M.

Parkersburg Police have released the identity of a woman found dead inside her home on Tuesday and say they're looking for two people who might have information about her death.

Authorities found the body of Penni Jo Curtiss, 53, after going to her home at 1604 Tygart St., to conduct a welfare check.

Police Chief Joe Martin says details of this case are being withheld "to preserve the integrity of the investigation." He says additional information will be released at the appropriate time.

Police say Kenneth Leroy McCoy, 33, and Jessica Nicole Roberts, 25, are being sought for questioning.

Police say McCoy has an active warrant for parole violation and has a long criminal history. He should be considered dangerous.

McCoy and Roberts are believed to be together.

Police waited to release Curtiss' identify until after an autopsy was completed. Evidence collected at the crime scene is being analyzed at the West Virginia State Police crime lab in Charleston.

Police say two suspects in the case are believed to be driving a silver 2010 Chrysler Town and Country Van that is missing from Curtiss' residence.

City police are working with federal authorities to locate the suspects, who are believed to have left the state.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of McCoy or Roberts is asked to contact police at 304-424-8444 or www.pkbpolice.com.


Parkersburg Police are investigating a homicide. Officers got a call at 3:05 p.m. Tuesday afternoon for a welfare check at a home on Tygart Street in Parkersburg.

When they got there, they found a woman dead inside. Authorities are withholding the victim's name at this time. Investigators say an autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday.

They say there are two persons of interest in the case. If you noticed any suspicious activity in that area within the last 24 to 36 hours, Parkersburg Police want you to call them with what you know.

You can also leave an anonymous tip on their website.



 
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