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West Virginia Woman Admits She Murdered Another Woman, Disposed Of Victim’s Body In Well

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Source: Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office; Jackson County Sheriff’s Office

Feb. 23 2023, Published 12:10 p.m. ET

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A West Virginia woman could spend the rest of her life behind bars for fatally shooting another woman whose body was later found in a well.

Virginia Marie Smith, 31, pleaded guilty in Kanawha County Circuit Court on Feb. 23 to first-degree murder, using a firearm in the commission of a felony, and concealment of a body in connection with the death of 35-year-old Cheyenne Johnson, WOWK-TV reported.

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In late April 2021, Johnson was reported missing and her remains were discovered in deep water in a well on Virginia Smith’s Sissonville property days later.

The victim had suffered substantial injuries, including a gunshot wound to the head, WSAZ reported.

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Smith is scheduled to be sentenced on April 10.

The defendant’s 42-year-old boyfriend, Michael Smith, who is not related to her, was also charged in connection with the case.


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