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UPDATE: Indictments handed up in beating death of Charleston, WV man

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A Grand Jury has handed up indictments against John Michael Thurmond and Anthony M. Harriman in the beating death of Martin Allen Snodgrass in July 2014.

Snodgrass and Thurmond will face murder and theft charges.

Erica Lynn Cogar was also indicted for being an accessory after the fact.



We now know the details behind the murder of 51-year-old Martin Snodgrass of Charleston.  

According to the criminal complaint, Snodgrass showed obvious signs of blunt force trauma.  The suspects told police they were supposed to meet Snodgrass so he could sell drugs to them.  Snodgrass, according to the suspects, lead Erica Cogar, one of the suspects to another area to show her marijuana that she was thinking about buying.

Once out of sight, Snodgrass, according to Cogar starting touching her inappropriately. 

She said she yelled for help.  That's when her boyfriend, John Thurmond, another suspect came to help her.  The two men disappeared, and Cogar admitted that she saw blood on Thurmond's arm, which had a cast on it.  Police said Cogar went as far as filing a false police report to cover up the crime that Thurmond apparently committed.

Thurmond later admitted to striking and hitting Snodgrass with his cast to police, but only because he had "blacked out." He told police he changed the bandages on his arm to hide the blood spatter.  Thurmond said as he was leaving Snodgrass, when he had him on the ground, his friend, Anthony Harrimon, was standing over Snodgrass, taunting him.  

Thurmond later told police that Harrimon was "pummeling" Snodgrass in his head. Thurmond told investigators that he believed Harrimon was responsible for the murder.  

Police officers later found Harrimon at the Town Center Mall in Charleston.  He admitted to police that he and Thurmond attacked Snodgrass.  He said Thurmond hit Snodgrass with his cast server al times, and he kicked him multiple times.

Harrimon told investigators that he went through Snodgrass' pockets before "throwing him into the river."  That's when police say the suspects took his wallet and cell phone.

Police located Snodgrass' body Saturday morning. 



Two men and a woman have been arrested on murder charges after officers with the Charleston Police Department located a body identified as Martin Snodgrass in the Kanawha River.  

They have been identified as Anthony Harriman, of New Mexico, John Thurmond, of Campbell's Creek, West Virginia, and Erica Cogar, of Arizona.

Harriman and Thurmond are both charged with first degree murder and have no bond, while Cougar is charged with accessory to murder after the fact, and has a $100,000 bond.

All three will have a hearing on July 15.



Police have identified the victim as 51-year-old Martin Snodgrass, from Charleston's West Side.

Snodgrass worked for Bob Evans a number of years, was married, and he was reported missing by his family Saturday morning due to him not coming to work.

According to Lt. Steve Cooper with the Charleston Police Department "We are investigating it as a potential homicide based on the circumstances that we found at the crime scene."

Cooper went on to say he is not confident they have a person of interest at this time, however he says police do in fact have a lead in the case and they are interviewing witnesses and sorting through what evidence they collected at the crime scene.

If anyone has information about this case, contact the Charleston Police Department at 304-348-6480.



According to the Charleston Police Department, the case of the man found in the Kanawha River is being treated as a homicide.

There will be a press conference at 4 p.m. in which more details will be released.



Police are on the scene of Magic Island, where a body of a man was found in the Kanawha River.

According to 911 dispatchers, the body was found at around 1:30 p.m. Saturday, July 5.

The victim's name is not yet known.

The Charleston Police Department is investigating.

We have a crew on the scene.

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