Update: Bond denied for Mercer County murder suspect

PRINCETON, W.Va. — The suspect accused of fatally shooting a woman Saturday in the Princeton area was denied bond, during a hearing Monday in Mercer County Circuit Court.

Darrell Hazelwood

Darrell Wesley Hazelwood, 47, of Princeton was charged with first-degree murder and wanton endangerment, following the incident, in which the victim, 40-year-old Tessa Hill, suffered a gunshot wound to the head on Murdock Street. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to investigators, multiple witnesses near the scene said they saw Hazelwood shoot Hill, then flee from the scene on foot, following an altercation inside the home of Hill’s parents, during which Hazelwood allegedly also fired the gun at another person involved in the altercation.

During a bond hearing before Circuit Court Judge Mark Wills, Hazelwood’s attorney asked Wills to set bond and stated there were places where his client could stay under home confinement. Willis denied the request and remanded Hazelwood to Southern Regional Jail.

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