Virginia teenager will be tried as an adult for the murder of his family


West Virginia teenager accused of killing four family members will be tried as an adult

CHARLESTON, WV — A West Virginia teenager charged with killing four family members will face trial as an adult.

The ruling involving Gavin Smith, 17, by Kanawha County Circuit Court Judge Kenneth Ballard on Tuesday means the case will go to a grand jury and opens up the possibility of a longer sentence if he is convicted. found guilty, media reported.

Smith was 16 and his girlfriend was 17 when they were arrested in the December 2020 murders of his mother, stepfather and two younger brothers at their home in Elkview. The bodies of Daniel Dale Long, 37, Risa Mae Saunders, 39, Gage Ripley, 12, and Jameson Long, 3, were found shot.

Smith has been charged with four counts of first degree murder. Rebecca Lynn Walker pleaded guilty to being an accessory after the fact in helping him hide after the murders and was sentenced as an adult in September to 10 years in prison.

ABC News

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