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He said he tried to wrestle a gun from a suicidal woman. Cops say he is a killer and covered the body with trash bags.

west virginia man charged with murder after he says he was trying to wrestle gun away from victim
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Aug. 13 2021, Published 10:38 a.m. ET

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A West Virginia man claimed he was trying to wrestle a gun from a suicidal woman when it went off.

However, police say he is a killer and that he covered her dead body with trash bags.

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According to the West Virginia State Police, officers were called to a complaint in Kingwood regarding an altercation involving a firearm.

Once at the scene, police said they found David Wilhelm standing in the front yard, according to a criminal complaint by state police and obtained by FrontPageDetectives.

Wilhelm stated Stephanie Weis was in the residence and she was dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, the complaint notes.

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Officers then entered the house through an unlocked basement door and found a deceased woman on the basement ground with a garbage bag covering her head and upper torso, according to the complaint.

Troopers said they found no one else in the house but saw blood and what appeared to be bloody drag marks that started in the upstairs dining room, went down the steps and ended where the woman’s body was found/

The body was identified as Weis and police said she sustained a gunshot wound near her left eye, according to the complaint. Wilhelm had a gunshot wound on his right forearm.

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During interviews with Wilhelm, police said he kept changing his story on what happened.

Wilhelm said the victim had a handgun and was threatening to kill herself, so he lunged at her in an attempt to get the gun from her, which is when he got the gunshot wound to his forearm. He then stated he jerked the gun from her possession and while the gun was in his possession, the weapon fired.

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The bullet hit Weis and she fell to the ground dead, Wilhelm claimed. Wilhelm said he then covered the victim up with garbage bags.

According to Wilhelm, all of those events took place on Aug. 8 and then on Aug. 9, he drug the victim down the stairs and covered the victim, according to the complaint.

The gun was found under the bathroom sink, police said.

Wilhelm was arrested and charged with second-degree murder. He is being held in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail, officials said.

Bond has not been set in his case as in West Virginia only a circuit court can set bond on a murder charge.


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