Altercation leads to first degree murder charge

A criminal complaint filed November 27 in Pocahontas County Magistrate Court by West Virginia State Police Trooper Z. M. Chestnut details a series of events from the early morning hours which led to a charge of first-degree murder against Jeremi L. Kincaid, 37, of Marlinton.

According to the complaint, at approximately 2:45 a.m., Trooper Chestnut responded to a call from the county 911 center regarding an unresponsive male in the Huntersville area. When he arrived on the scene, he found a male lying on the ground beside a vehicle in the driveway of a residence at 1081 Old Huntersville Drive. The individual had gunshot wounds and blood was visible.

Trooper Chestnut spoke with Timothy Wilfong, who told him that the subject on the ground was Galen Lee Biggs. Wilfong said he found Biggs, unresponsive, at Wilfong’s home, 456 Beaver Creek Road, and had transported him to the Huntersville location where he called 911..

EMS and the county coroner pronounced Biggs dead at the scene.

At Timothy Wilfong’s residence Trooper Chestnut found George Kenneth Wilfong, and determined that the house was a crime scene.  Blood, was found in a back room and on a porch at the residence, along with a spent .22 caliber casing.

Trooper Chestnut questioned Timothy Wilfong and George Wilfong as potential witnesses. He learned that Timothy Wilfong, George Wilfong, Galen Biggs, Ryan Moore, Kaitlyn Warf and Jeremi Lee Kincaid had all been present at the residence during the events leading up to the death of Galen Biggs. After being advised of their Miranda Rights, they told Trooper Chestnut that Timothy Wilfong and George Wilfong had been at the house before Biggs arrived. Sometime thereafter, Ryan Moore, Kaitlyn Warf and Jeremi Kincaid arrived, and an argument took place between Biggs and Kincaid.

Several interviews revealed that gunshots were heard before Kincaid was observed to be holding a firearm. Kincaid then left the premises with Moore and Warf.

Timothy Wilfong then discovered Biggs’ body on the back porch and transported him to the Old Huntersville Road residence..

In a Mirandized interview Kincaid stated that he and Biggs had been involved in “drama,” mainly revolving around ex-girlfriends. Kincaid stated that Biggs approached him with a firearm. When the firearm was fired, Kincaid stated that he then drew his .38 caliber revolver from his waistband and fired several shots at Biggs before leaving the scene with Moore and Warf. Kincaid said he took both firearms with him when he left, disposing of Biggs’ rifle and his own pistol at separate locations in Marlinton.

Following the interview, Kincaid, escorted by members of the West Virginia State Police, led them to the locations of the firearms, one of which was a .38 caliber revolver. Both firearms were recovered by the State Police.

Jeremi Lee Kincaid was charged with first degree murder, and was taken to the Tygart Valley Regional Jail. The matter remains under investigation by the West Virginia State Police – Marlinton Detachment. Allegheny Mountain Radio thanks Jaynell Graham, Editor of the Pocahontas Times for compiling the information for this story.


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Tim Walker

Tim is the WVMR News Reporter. Tim is a native of Maryland who started coming to Pocahontas County in the 1970’s as a caver. He bought land on Droop Mountain off Jacox Road in 1976 and built a small house there in the early 80’s. While still working in Maryland, Tim spent much time at his place which is located on the Friars Hole Cave Preserve. Retiring in 2011 as a Lieutenant with the Anne Arundel County Police Department in Maryland, Tim finally took the plunge and moved from Maryland to his real home on Droop Mountain. He began working as the Pocahontas County Reporter for Allegheny Mountain Radio in January of 2015.

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