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Compound bow murder trial enters second day

LEWISBURG, W.Va. (WVVA) – The trial of Carl Wayne Rich, accused of killing Jeffery Booth with a compound bow last June, entered into the second day at the Greenbrier County Courthouse.

According to a criminal complaint, Rich thought Booth had taken his cell phone- though during the trial a witness testified the phone was later found at the house Rich was staying.

Prosecutors are seeking first-degree murder.

Defense attorneys say Rich should be found guilty of involuntary manslaughter. Today those defense attorneys called two expert witnesses in the field of archery, attempting to make the connection that the penetration fo the broadhead arrow was shallow and therefore a “full draw” of the bow could not have been made by Rich.

West Virginia’s Chief Medical Examiner testified the arrow penetrated 8 inches with no exit wound.

The trial is expected to conclude tomorrow.

A previous article on the arrest can be found here.

Haley Brown

Multimedia Journalist

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