- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 30, 2016

WAYNE, W.Va. (AP) - The final defendant charged in the stabbing death of a Genoa man has entered a plea in the case.

The Herald-Dispatch (https://bit.ly/2bOQpqx ) reports that 35-year-old Melissa Gail Watts entered a Kennedy plea to second-degree murder last week and was sentenced 10 years in prison. A Kennedy plea allows a conviction without the defendant admitting guilt.

Prosecutor Tom Plymale says Watts will not be eligible for early release.

Watts was charged in connection with the 2014 stabbing death of 77-year-old James Bundy and a subsequent attack on his wife, 55-year-old Myrtle Bundy.

Twenty-two-year-old Jeremy Marcum and 21-year-old Elijah Marcum were also charged in the case.

While Jeremy Marcum was the one who wielded the knife in the attack, prosecutors say Elijah Marcum and Watts encouraged the attack to happen.

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Information from: The Herald-Dispatch, https://www.herald-dispatch.com


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