Berkeley County man wanted for murder arrested in Va.

Joshua Newill

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Police in Frederick County, Va., arrested a Bunker Hill man who was wanted in Berkeley County on a first-degree murder charge.

Joshua Newill, 29, has been on the run since he allegedly shot his neighbor, Claude Triplett, 46, in the chest Friday afternoon.

Triplett was pronounced dead at Winchester Medical Center.

Captain Alec Beeman with the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office told WEPM News that Newill was arrested about 12:30 Wednesday morning in a Wal-mart Parking lot.

“One of our deputies was patrolling the parking lot and saw the suspect vehicle.” Beeman said. “We requested additional units and found the suspect lying in the back of the car.”

West Virginia State Police had issued a “Be On the Look Out” for a blue 2002 Chevrolet Suburban that Newill had been driving.

Beeman said Newill was arrested on a fugitive from justice warrant and is awaiting extradition to West Virginia.


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