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UPDATE: Judge OKs DNA Samples in W.Va., Quadruple Slayings

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

UPDATE 3/20/2014 12:30 PM

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) - Prosecutors won permission to collect DNA samples from a man charged with killing four people in Clarksburg.

Media outlets report that Harrison County Circuit Court Judge Thomas A. Bedell ruled Wednesday that there was probable cause to collect the samples from 27-year-old Sidney Arthur Muller. Prosecutors also can collect Muller's fingerprints and palm prints.

Muller is charged with four counts of murder. The Fairmont resident is accused of fatally shooting 29-year-old Todd Russell Amos, 26-year-old Christopher Hart, 70-year-old Fred Swiger and his son, 47-year-old Freddie Swiger.

Police say the shootings of Hart and Amos inside an apartment in July 2013 were drug-related. The Swigers were bystanders who were delivering newspapers.

Muller's trial is scheduled to begin in late August.

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CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) - Police charged a Harrison County man Friday with four counts of first-degree murder after an early morning Clarksburg shooting. The victims included an elderly man and his son delivering newspapers.

Investigators believe 27-year-old Sidney Muller shot the two other victims in a drug-related incident around 4:30 a.m. Twenty-nine-year-old Todd Russell Amos was found dead at the Locust Avenue scene. Twenty-six-year-old Christopher A. Hart died en route to a hospital.

Also found dead were two bystanders: 70-year-old Freddy Donald Swiger and his son, 47-year-old Fred Swiger. The Exponent Telegram said the two had delivered its newspaper for around 30 years.

Police allege Muller fled but was stopped in neighboring Marion County. He was charged in the murders after being questioned by Clarksburg detectives.

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CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) - Four people are dead including two described by authorities as innocent bystanders in an early morning shooting in Clarksburg.

Harrison County Prosecutor Jack Shaffer said a drug deal went wrong around 4:30 a.m. Friday in a neighborhood known for drug activity.

Shaffer would not say if a suspect is in custody. Shaffer instead said investigators expect no more activity from the individual responsible and the public is not in danger.

Police are not identifying any of those killed. The Exponent Telegram reports that the bystanders were a father and son who were delivering the Clarksburg newspaper. The paper identified them as Fred and Freddy Swiger, contract employees for about 30 years.

A lifelong Harrison County resident, Shaffer could not recall an event in his area with so many victims.

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CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) - Four people are dead including two described by authorities as innocent bystanders in an early morning shooting in Clarksburg.

Harrison County Prosecutor Jack Shaffer said a drug deal went wrong around 4:30 a.m. Friday in a neighborhood known for drug activity.

Shaffer would not say if a suspect is in custody. Shaffer instead said investigators expect no more activity from the individual responsible and the public is not in danger.

Police are not identifying any of those killed. Shaffer said the two bystanders worked a job that had them in that area at that time each morning.

A lifelong Harrison County resident, Shaffer could not recall an event in his area with so many victims.

Investigators were expected to release more details Friday.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


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