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Defendant testifies in compound bow murder trial

LEWISBURG, W.Va. (WVVA) – Carl Wayne Rich took the stand Friday to share his side of the story about the night Jeffery Booth died after being shot with a compound bow.

The murder trial entered its third day at the Greenbrier County courthouse in Lewisburg.

Rich testified that he did not intentionally shoot Booth, but that he intended only to threaten Booth with the compound bow. Rich said he was startled by Booth’s reaction and accidentally fire the compound bow.

According to a criminal complaint, the altercation began because Rich thought Booth had taken his cell phone. During the trial a witness testified the phone was later found at Rich’s friend’s house.

Rich admitted to using methamphetamine the night of the incident. West Virginia’s Chief Medical Examiner testified that methamphetamine was found in Booth’s blood.

Prosecutors are seeking first-degree murder. Defense attorneys say the crime was involuntary manslaughter.

Attorneys from both sides delivered closing arguments Friday.

The jury is still deliberating at the time of this publication.

You can read more about the trial here.

You can read more about the initial arrest here.

Haley Brown

Multimedia Journalist

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