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New information in bizarre St. Albans murder

ST. ALBANS, W.Va. — A Kanawha County woman is jailed without bond facing charges of murder and sexual abuse.

Deputies arrived at a house along Furlong Avenue in St. Albans Thursday evening to find Courtney Wallace, 21, wearing nothing but a sports bra and covered in blood. She was combative with deputies as they attempted to subdue her.

Nearby was the unresponsive body of a woman identified as Cherri Simpson. She had suffered stab wounds to her back and front of her torso.

Wallace was in the home as a friend of the victim’s daughter. The daughter told investigators Wallace exited her bedroom with a kitchen knife and stabbed her mother multiple times. She added after her mother was down, Wallace climbed on top of her her and began to simulate a sex act.

“it was one of the most vicious, vile, heinous crimes I’ve ever seen,” said Kanawha County Assistant Prosecutor Maryclaire Akers at Wallace’s arraignment.

Authorities have not indicated if Wallace was under the influence of any drugs at the time.

She’s lodged in the South Central Regional Jail without bond facing charges of first degree murder and first degree sexual abuse.

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