West Virginia dive team member talks about finding alleged murder weapon in lake

  • Source: WSAZ-TV NBC 3 Huntington
  • Published: 05/07/2021 12:00 AM

VIDEO: A possible murder weapon has been found at the bottom of a lake nearly a year after the killing. When Williamson firefighter Shane Runyon went through water rescue training, he never imagined he’d use those skills to help with a murder investigation. Williamson Police Department Chief Grady Dotson enlisted the Williamson Fire Department dive team’s help after getting a tip that a hammer allegedly used to kill John Jackson in May of last year had been thrown into Laurel Lake. “We did some interrogations and interviews, and the tip came from one of them,” Dotson said. James Church, Charles Jarvis, and Terry Jarvis had already been indicted in the case, accused of killing Jackson and burning down the apartment where the crime allegedly happened on Elm Street. The suspects are awaiting trial. “We’re very familiar with the lake,” Runyon said. “We spend a lot of time diving there, training there.”


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