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New details in Wayne County, WV murder case

New details have emerged about what led to the shooting death of a Wayne County man.

If you suspect it had something to do with drugs, police say you're right. In this case, detectives believe the suspects committed murder in the act of robbery -- stealing a man's legitimate pain pills for illegal gain.

It was a quick solve, thanks to the keen eye of the victim's young son, who witnessed his father's murder and got a good look at the men responsible.

"If it wasn't for him, they would have never caught these guys," Billy Spurlock said.

That's why Spurlock is calling his nephew, Jayden, a hero. Jayden is his nephew -- the 7-year-old son of his brother, Jim Spurlock.

According to sheriff's deputies, two men pulled up to the Spurlock home in the Radnor area of Wayne County on four-wheelers. That was about 8:30 p.m. Thursday, and Jayden, who had been playing next door, ran home to see what was going on.

According to the criminal complaint, Jayden said the two men "shook his hand and his daddy's hand and seemed like good guys." But, deputies say it wasn't long after that that one of them men took Jim into another room and shot and killed him.

Deputies later arrested Dylan Jarrells and Willie Copley for the crime murder and armed robbery.

"They knew he got his medication that day, and that's the reason he come to rob him over his OxyContin he had," Billy said.

In fact, deputies say Jim had filled his prescription that day -- 168 pills worth a street value of about $5,000.

"We never thought we'd lose our brother this way," said Pam Mathys, Jim's sister.

Jim's brother and two of his sisters traveled to Wayne County searching for answers. They say all signs point to Jim's wife, Angela Spurlock.

According to the criminal complaint, a neighbor saw Angela Spurlock "sell pills to Copley the day of the murder."

"It was cold-hearted," Billy said.

Now, the family is anxious to get to their nephew, who's in Child Protective Services, and take him home with them.

"He loved me to death. I think he'd be happy to come home with me," Billy said.

Billy says he'd consider it a honor to raise Jayden. He says Jim helped raise his son many years ago.

Spurlock has not been charged in connection with this case. She's in jail on unrelated charges for writing bad checks. Copley and Jarrells will be arraigned in court Wednesday morning.


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