Nicholas Murder Case Going To Grand Jury

The Nicholas County grand jury is the next stop for a quadruple murder case.

Officials in Nicholas County Magistrate Court were notified Monday that James Roy Belknap waived his preliminary hearing that was scheduled for Tuesday in Summersville.

Belknap, 26, of Leviasy, was arrested in May after he allegedly killed Steven Hendrix, his girlfriend Amber Martin, and Hendrix’s two children, Dakota, 6 and Kaylee, 4, over a drug debt.

Police believe Belknap owed Hendrix money in a drug deal and Hendrix went to his house to collect it. The criminal complaint says some of the victims were killed in Hendrix’s van. All of their bodies were stripped and thrown over a hillside on Belknap’s property.

Police have also charged Mark Haynes and Wanda Einstein of Nicholas County. They were allegedly helping Belknap get around after police began looking for him.

The Nicholas County grand jury next meets in September. Belknap remains in jail without bail.

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