Harrison County woman convicted in 2018 shooting death

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — A Harrison County jury convicted an accused murderer of a lesser charge Friday evening following a week long trial.

The 12-member panel found Melissa McAtee, of Lumberport, guilty of voluntary manslaughter, not murder, in the January 2018 shooting death of her longtime partner David Cottrill.

McAtee testified in her own defense Thursday, claiming the shooting was an accident. The defense also claimed McAtee suffered from battered woman syndrome.

The jury deliberated for about three and a half hours Friday evening.

McAtee will face three to 15 years behind bars at sentencing.





More News

News
W.Va. Attorney General and challenger weigh in on mask order and emergency powers
Morrisey and Petsonk agree Attorney General would have an advisory role, but not the ultimate say.
July 12, 2020 - 3:00 pm
News
Active coronavirus cases surpass 1,300
Around 31% of West Virginia's coronavirus cases are active
July 12, 2020 - 10:29 am
News
West Virginia’s first Underwood-Smith Teaching Scholars announced
Scholars give commitment to teach in West Virginia after graduation.
July 12, 2020 - 6:00 am
News
Buses, cafeterias and cleanup will get extra attention as W.Va. schools reopen in covid era
School personnel union leader urges greater investment in staff, training and equipment.
July 12, 2020 - 5:12 am