BECKLEY, W.Va. – Beckley Police have identified a man wanted for a murder that happened on July 12. The victim, Chester Hayes, was shot and killed at the Willbrian Apartment Complex in Beckley.
On Friday, Beckley Police were searching for Desean Farley, 24, who was named as a suspect in the murder.
Few other details were immediately available about what may have lead up to the shooting.
On a separate matter, Beckley Police said Friday they believed the sound a reporter at WVVA Television heard while filming at the murder scene earlier in the week was not a gunshot, as originally reported by multiple witnesses. Instead, they said it was most likely the sound of truck backfiring.
Investigators had been talking with the driver of the truck, captured on the reporter’s video, and were planning to test the truck for gunshot residue to make sure.