- Associated Press - Thursday, March 20, 2014

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) - Prosecutors have won permission to collect DNA samples from a man charged with killing four people in Clarksburg.

Media outlets report that Harrison County Circuit Court Judge Thomas A. Bedell ruled Wednesday that there was probable cause to collect the samples from 27-year-old Sidney Arthur Muller. Prosecutors also can collect Muller’s fingerprints and palm prints.

Muller is charged with four counts of murder. The Fairmont resident is accused of fatally shooting 29-year-old Todd Russell Amos, 26-year-old Christopher Hart, 70-year-old Fred Swiger and his son, 47-year-old Freddie Swiger.

Police say the shootings of Hart and Amos inside an apartment in July 2013 were drug-related. The Swigers were bystanders who were delivering newspapers.

Muller’s trial is scheduled to begin in late August.

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