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W.Va. fatal beating case sent to grand jury

Sep. 13, 2013 @ 09:13 AM

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — A grand jury will consider the cases of two men accused of killing a Wheeling Jesuit student from Pennsylvania.

Media outlets report that an Ohio County magistrate found probable cause on Thursday to send the cases to the next grand jury, which convenes in January 2014.

Twenty-two-year-old Tyler Peacock of Clewiston, Fla., and 24-year-old Jarrett Chandler of Winnfield, La., are accused of killing 21-year-old Kevin Figaniak of Perkasie, Pa. Prosecutors say Figaniak was beaten during an argument on Aug. 31 and died from his injuries the next day.

Wheeling police detective Daniel Holmes testified during Thursday’s hearing that Figaniak and a friend were walking to campus when they encountered Peacock, Chandler and a third man. There was a verbal argument and then a fight.
 

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