UPDATE: Cold case suspect's murder trial postponed

William Clyde Jeffries
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HARRISON COUNTY, W.Va. (WDTV) -- UPDATE 07/25/2019 @ 3:18 p.m.
According to Harrison County Prosecuting Attorney Rachel Romano, the trial for William Jefferies has been pushed to the week of November 4th.

Jefferies appeared in court Thursday morning for a pre-trial hearing regarding murder charges of seven-year-old Roger "C.R." Diaz in 1981.

Romano said the the court ruled that statements made by Jefferies were admissable in court, as well as evidence of previous crimes, wrongs or other acts under federal rule 404b.

Romano said the defense was granted more time to review additional information about the case before going to trial.

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UPDATE 1/18/19
The suspect in the 1981 murder of a local boy appeared in court Thursday.

William Jeffries was arraigned in Harrison County Magistrate Court for the murder of Roger "C.R." Diaz in Clarksburg.

Jeffries pleaded not guilty. According to Prosecuting Attorney Rachel Romano, that plea could change. Romano says a judge would not yet accept a guilty plea at this point.

The trial is set to begin on April 29th.

UPDATE 1/9/19
A man arrested last year for the 1981 murder of a 7-year-old boy has been indicted for murder.

The indictment was one of several the Harrison County Grand Jury returned for the January 2019 term Wednesday.

You can view the full list of indictments at the Related Document (to the right on desktop, below on mobile).

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ORIGINAL STORY 3/27/18
The probable cause hearing for a 53-year-old man accused of killing a 7-year-old boy in 1981 has been pushed back again.

William Clyde Jeffries had been scheduled to appear in court Tuesday, but the court moved to postpone the hearing due to a scheduling conflict with one his attorneys.

Jeffries was arrested in February and charged with the murder of Conrad Roger "C.R." Diaz. The crime allegedly occurred near Jeffries' home in the North View section of Clarksburg.

This marks the third time Jeffries' preliminary hearing has been rescheduled.

He is expected to appear before Magistrate Mark Gorby on April 12 at 11 A.M.