- Associated Press - Friday, February 12, 2016

FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) - A Preston County man accused of fatally shooting a woman in Fairmont has pleaded not guilty.

Media outlets report that 56-year-old Jeffrey Hovatter of Newburg pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder on Thursday.

Police say that in July 2015, Hovatter entered a Fairmont house and shot his ex-wife, 62-year-old Nancy Shaw, in the head. He then turned the gun on himself. After surviving the gunshot, Hovatter was arrested.

Marion County Judge David Janes denied a request from Hovatter’s attorney, Neal Hamilton, for bail.

Hovatter’s trial will likely be in July or August.



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