Trial delayed for WVa man accused of murder, dismemberment

Argie Lee Jeffers Sr.’s trial had been set to start Tuesday but was indefinitely delayed because a key police witness is on leave. A new trial date may be set next month. (Picture Credit: Western Regional Jail)
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — The trial has been delayed for a man accused of killing a woman and tossing parts of her dismembered body into a West Virginia river.

The Huntington Herald-Dispatch reports Argie Lee Jeffers Sr.’s trial had been set to start Tuesday but was indefinitely delayed because a key police witness is on leave. A new trial date may be set next month.

Jeffers was charged with murder and concealment of a deceased human body in February 2018, months after pieces of Carrie Sowards were found in the Guyandotte River. A criminal complaint says his home had evidence of a major “bloodletting incident.”

Jeffers’ grandson, Argie Jeremy Jeffers , told police he’d been asked to dispose of buckets containing body parts that police said were consistent with those missing from Sowards’ recovered body.