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Case against accused Harrison County murderer advances

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — Murder charges against a Fairmont man who allegedly killed four people in Clarksburg, including two innocent bystanders, back on July 26 will next go to the Harrison County grand jury for consideration.

Those charges were bound over in Harrison County Magistrate Court Monday during a preliminary hearing for Sidney Muller, 27, of Fairmont.  Four counts of murder have been filed against him for the deaths of Christopher Hart, 26, Todd Russell Amos, 29, Freddy Swiger, 70, and Fred Swiger, 47, all of Harrison County.

Investigators claimed Muller shot and killed Hart and and Amos, at a home on Locust Ave. in Clarksburg, while trying to collect a $10,000 drug debt for pills he had provided.  The Swigers, a father and son who were delivering newspapers on their normal route, were shot and killed outside of the home.

Muller’s original preliminary hearing was delayed to allow time for a competency examination of Muller who was found competent to stand trial.

The next Harrison County grand jury will meet in January.

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