UPDATE: Lewis County man indicted by Grand Jury on murder charges

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LEWIS COUNTY, W.Va. (WDTV) -- UPDATE 11/05/19 - 06:00PM
On Monday, the Lewis County Grand Jury returned 18 indictments for the November 2019 term. On the list was Lewis County resident Ronnie Simons.

If found guilty, Simons could be facing a life sentence.

The 57-year-old is charged with the murder of Joshua Runyon in late May.

According to the criminal complaint, on the night of May 25th, police responded to a call of shots fired. They arrived to a residence where they found Runyon laying in the driveway with a gunshot wound to his head.

Police also found Simons and an unidentified man at the scene. According to the complaint, the unidentified man advised that he was given a gun by Simons and allegedly hid it in a sand pit on the property of Shriver Trucking Company. Police say they found a bag with a .380 pistol at that location.

Runyon was transported to Ruby Medical Center and was pronounced dead the next morning.

Simons has since been charged with first degree murder.

"We had a criminal complaint in magistrate court. We had a preliminary hearing. Probable cause was found. It was bound over and the prosecutor has now presented the case to the grand jury," said Simons' lawyer James Hawkins.

Simons is scheduled for arraignment on Friday and, according to Hawkins, is expected to plead not guilty.

5 News reached out to the investigating officer, however, no further information was shared.


ORIGINAL 05/29/19 - 09:09AM
A man from Weston is facing more serious penalties after their shooting victim died from their injuries.

Ronnie Simons, 56, was arrested over the weekend for allegedly shooting Joshua Runyon, of Lost Creek, in the head.

Runyon died as a result of his injuries at Ruby Memorial Hospital.

State Police said the shooting happened on a home along Route 33 in Lewis County. They were called to the house before midnight on Saturday.

Investigators said Simons was arrested at the scene.

What led up to the shooting is still under investigation. Authorities told 5 News it was not related to any sort of domestic nor drug incident. Investigators said Simons and Runyon were acquaintances.

State Police continue to investigate.