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Officials Say Suspects in Cold Case Should Appear in Court Soon
Written by Erin MacPherson
Last updated on September 20, 2013 @ 6:52PM
Created on September 20, 2013 @ 5:52PM

Thursday on 5 News we told you three men were arrested for the alleged murders of two women who vanished almost 14 years ago. Those women are Mary Friend and Maxine Stalnaker. Joseph Metz was the first man arrested and he was Friend's son and Stalnaker's grandson.

The two other men who arrested were David Hughes and Steven Freeman. They were both taken into custody in Ohio Thursday and they're going to be brought here, to the mountain state, as soon as possible.

So, why did this even happen in the first place? Police say there was apparently illegal activity happening at the Wilderness Plantation, which was a restaurant and club in Lewis County that Hughes owned and Metz worked at. Apparently, Mary Friend had some incriminating evidence that could send them away. When Hughes found this out he supposedly ordered Metz and Freeman to murder the two women.

5 News talked to the Lewis County Prosecutor about when these men will be seen in court. He said it usually happens ten days after incarceration or 20 days if they didn't have to go to jail. So, he told 5 News we should be seeing them soon.

"It's going to happen pretty soon. Sometimes it's delayed on the motion of the defense a bit, but I think you can look for this all happening within the next few days or weeks at most," said Michael Smith, Lewis County Prosecuting Attorney. 

When 5 News asked the police if the women's remains have been located they said they couldn't give an answer because the investigation is still ongoing.


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