DUNBAR, W.Va. – A Dunbar man is charged with murder after the body of his girlfriend was discovered on the bank of the Kanawha River. Students on a school bus spotted the body Monday afternoon lying partially in the water below the Dunbar toll bridge.

Police identified the victim Tonya Payne, 35, of Dunbar.  She’s also known as Tonya Atkinson.

A few hours after the discovery, police say Bobby Ray Kanode Jr. 56, of Dunbar arrived at the police station. He was charged with first degree murder.

The criminal complaint in the case indicated Payne came to Kanode’s Dunbar home late Friday night and the two got into an argument. During the argument, Kanode claims his girlfriend broke several things and made him angry. He told police he sat on her chest and held his hand over her mouth for five minutes until she was dead.

Kanode said he sat in his home with the body for about three hours until he went to the nearby Aldi’s grocery store and took a shopping cart about 2 a.m. Saturday. Kanode told police he loaded Payne’s body into the shopping cart, clad only in underwear and a shirt, and wheeled her through the streets of Dunbar until reaching the river. There he claimed he dumped her body off a fishing barge at the river’s edge.

He’s being held without bond in the South Central Regional Jail.

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Comments

  • BIM Job

    I think its time we amend our constitution to allow for cruel and unusual punishment. If people are going to kill others, they do not deserve to be treated humanely. I say the death penalty is to easy. I think they should be tortured the rest of their life. Maybe that would serve as a deterrent. I bet a lot of people would think twice if they knew they would be hooked up to a machine that would deliver constant, servere pain for the rest of their life. Oh, and by the way, they would be restrained in such a way that they would be unable to commit suicide.

  • J

    He is admitting to the crime with no lawyer present in preparation for an insanity defense. I saw this once on an episode of Law & Order...

  • Tom P.

    Sounds like a few of the comments made here were made by residents of a 'third world country'.

  • griff

    Is anybody else in favor of bringing back the death penalty in WV? These murders have to stop & they will not stop until there is something tougher than a few days in prison.

  • Orenthal

    If he was black they would have lynched him.

  • IRON HORSE

    SOUNDS LIKE NO TRIAL IS NEEDED!! JUST GET THE ROPE & OAK TREE IT'S TIME THIS KIND IS STOPPED BEING KEPT LOCKED AWAY FOR YEARS & REWARDED WITH FREE ROOM & BOARD FREE MEDICAL & COLLEGE CLASSES & ALL THE TV PLUS THE SMUGGLING OF DOPE & OTHER SHOULD NOT'S!!!! HE GOT ANGRY SO THEN IT'SS OK TO TAKE A LIFE!! POOR GIRL SHE SHOULD OF SEEN THE WARNING SIGNS SHE WAS MESSED UP WITH A NUT CASE!!!