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3 People Arrested in Beating of Harrison County Woman

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UPDATE (7/717 at 3:30 p.m.):

Three people have been arrested and charged in the beating of a Harrison County woman.

Darrell Wageman, 40, and Amanda Littleton, 27, and David Barker, 27, have been arrested, according to the Harrison County Sheriff's Department.

Wageman, Littleton, and Barker are accused of beating and holding Karmin Wheeler against her will on June 30 at a residence on Meadowbrook Road. The trio choked Wheeler, kicked her repeatedly in the head, and struck her all across her body, according to court documents.

Wageman told Barker and Littleton to beat Wheeler, deputies said. Another man, who has not yet been arrested, stood guard and would not allow Wheeler to leave, according to deputies.

Deputies said Wheeler lost consciousness multiple times while the beating occurred over the course of several hours. Wheeler was taken to United Hospital Center and later transferred to Ruby Memorial Hospital due to the seriousness of her injuries, deputies said. These included multiple fractures, lacerations, abrasions, and contusions. She was released Thursday after nearly six days in the hospital.

The motive of the beating is believed to be drug-related, according to deputies. 

The three individuals are each charged with assault during the commission of a felony, strangulation, and conspiracy. The investigation is ongoing, and more arrests are expected.


ORIGINAL: 

A Clarksburg man is behind bars after the beating of a Harrison County woman.

David Barker, 27, is charged with malicious wounding and assault during the commission of a felony, according to the Harrison County Sheriff's Department.

The sheriff's department and the Greater Harrison County Drug & Violent Crime Task Force are questioning two suspects and are working to locate a fourth person, deputies said.

According to deputies, the woman was treated at Ruby Memorial Hospital and released within the last 24 hours.

The Harrison County Sheriff's Department's SWAT team, detective unit and the task force executed a search warrant at a Meadowbrook home Thursday afternoon, deputies said. The sheriff's department said SWAT was asked to assist because the initial incident and search for the man were considered "high risk."

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