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Two Roommates in West Virginia Needed to Pay an Electric Bill. So They Slit a Neighbor's Throat For $50.

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Source: West Virginia Regional Jail and Correctional Facility; MEGA

Laura Lynn Martin and Robert J. Quinn.

May 26 2024, Published 12:02 p.m. ET

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Two people who fatally slit a man's throat and threw his body into a stream for $50 are both now serving life behind bars.

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A West Virginia judge recently sentenced Robert J. Quinn, 46, and Laura Lynn Martin, 39, each to life plus 180 years in prison after they were convicted of the grisly crime, according to WVNews.com. They were accused of killing their neighbor, Philip "Bucky" Barlow, on May 28, 2019.

Quinn and Martin said they needed cash because their electricity was about to be turned off, WVNews.com reported.

According to Preston Sheriff's Office Capt. T.N. Tichnell and Prosecuting Attorney Jay Shay, Quinn and Martin dragged Barlow into the rear seat of his truck before transporting him to a remote area in Preston County.

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There, at Fortney's Mill, the duo took Barlow under a bridge and slit his throat with a box cutter and threw his body into a stream. While being dragged into the truck, Barlow reportedly fought for his life and told the perpetrators that he knew who they were despite the fact they were wearing masks and gloves, WVNews.com reported.

“Bucky was fighting for his life,” Capt. Tichnell said.

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Barlow's body was found at Fortney's Mill 10 days later by hunter training dogs.

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Martin took $50 from Barlow, and police said the perpetrators used the man's lunchbox to rinse his blood off rocks, according to WVNews.com.

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“And still with Bucky’s blood on their hands, they ate Bucky’s sandwiches,” Tichnell said Martin told a cellmate. According to WVNews.com, she told inmates “that he gurgled like a frog and that she wanted to hear that again.”

WVNews.com reported that the duo attempted to burn Barlow's truck by drenching the vehicle in oil before lighting it on fire. They then went to the convenience store and bought sodas and cigarettes before going home to shower and burn their clothes.

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During the investigation, Quinn and Martin told cops that they hadn't seen Barlow, WVNews.com reported. “They still probably had Bucky’s blood under their fingernails at that point,” Capt. Tichnell said.

According to the outlet, both confessed 500 days later, though they each blamed each other while not admitting to who slit Barlow's throat.

WDTV reported that Quinn and Martin both pleaded guilty to first-degree murder.

Barlow, a truck driver, was planning to retire when he was killed, according to WVNews.com.

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