Murder suspect arrested
BARBOURSVILLE -- A man wanted on a murder charge in connection to last month's shooting along Huntington's 8th Avenue was taken into custody Thursday at a Barboursville apartment, according to a release from Huntington Police Lt. John Williams.
Spanish Merrell Smith, 23, of Detroit, was found at an apartment in the 800 block of Nash Street after police received a tip Thursday that he was staying there following the June 23 shooting of Eugene Walmsley.
The killing happened at about 9:50 p.m. outside 1305 8th Avenue. It was the first of two unrelated homicides to occur in Huntington that night.
Police observed the apartment during the afternoon then ordered all occupants out at about 4:30 p.m. Smith was arrested and another man and two women were detained and taken to police headquarters for questioning.
Officers located drugs and at least one assault-style weapon in the apartment, which they were still processing Thursday night.
Joseph Lovell Cook, 22, of Michigan, was arrested during the warrant execution on a charge of possession of heroin after police say he was seen leaving the apartment in a taxi. He was stopped in the 5600 block of U.S. 60. Police say Cook is also wanted out of Michigan for an unspecified violent crime, for which he will be extradited once his case is resolved in Huntington.
Huntington's Violent Crimes Task Force, Barboursville Police and West Virginia State Police assisted with the arrests and investigation Thursday.
The first-degree murder warrant was issued for Smith on Tuesday, one day after the arrest of a suspected accomplice Timothy Maurice Anderson, 46, of Huntington.
Anderson is charged with accessory after the fact to murder, a misdemeanor as filed in the criminal complaint. It says Anderson was present at the time of Walmsley's death and fled with other, undisclosed suspects. It further states he changed clothes afterward and assisted other suspects in locating a place to hide from police.
The complaint also charges Anderson with securing a large amount of cash at another suspect's direction. No amount is provided, although search warrant affidavits said police found Smith's girlfriend with approximately $20,000 cash during a traffic stop a short time later near South Point, Ohio.
Anderson remained incarcerated Thursday at the Western Regional Jail. His bond was $25,000 with a court appearance set for July 10.
Smith was expected to be arraigned Thursday night. He will be held in jail on no bond.
Follow reporter Kristi Murphy on Twitter, @Kristi_Murphy. Curtis Johnson contributed to this report.
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