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John Conley
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A Brier Creek man has reportedly confessed to the murder of a Brenton
woman, according to Wyoming County Sheriff Randall Aliff.
John New, 20, allegedly broke into the home of 60-year-old Elaine
Birchfield.
"She came home and the situtation deteriorated from there," Aliff
commented.
New "confessed to the burglary and murder," the sheriff stated.
The manner of the murder is not being released at this time, he said.
Police responded to a call at 6:02 p.m.
"We started an investigation and had citizens give us some
information," Aliff remarked.
New allegedly stole Birchfield's 1999 GMC pickup. He drove into Mingo
County, where a Gilbert woman reported seeing the vehicle to the
Mingo County 911 Center. New was apprehended by Gilbert police around
midnight.
Aliff said he went to Gilbert to interview New and got the confession.
New is charged with first degree murder, day time burglary and grand
larceny in Wyoming County.
He will face other charges in Mingo County.
New was arraigned on Thursday and his bond has been set at $250,000 bond for the daytime burglary and grand larceny charges. He was denied bond on the murder charge.
The Wyoming County Sheriff's Department, West Virginia State Police,
Gilbert Police and Mingo County Sheriff's Department worked on the case.
"We feel sue New acted alone," Aliff stated.
He said Brenton residents played a key role. "They were a tremendous
help to us," he commented.
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