Man Convicted Of Murder

WILLIAMSON, W.Va. (AP) - A Mingo County man has been convicted of two counts of first-degree murder for an April shooting incident at a mobile home in the Marrowbone area.

Twenty year old Melvin Randall Messer of Kermit was found guilty yesterday and is to be sentenced February 25th before Mingo County Circuit Judge Michael Thornsburg.

The jury recommended mercy in sentencing, which means Messer could be eligible for parole consideration after serving 15 years for each charge. The judge has the option of deciding whether the sentences run concurrently or back-to-back.

Messer admitted to firing the shots, but said it was done in self-defense.

In addition to the two men who were killed -- Christopher Chapman and Walter Gauze, both 25 of Marrowbone -- one man was injured in the leg.

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