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Murder charges updated in Taylor County case

GRAFTON, W.Va. — Prosecutors in Taylor County have refiled charges against the Marion County man being held in the June death of Grafton area resident Tyler Poston.

Joshua Price (WVRJA)

The new criminal complaint, filed Thursday, includes additional information in the case against Joshua Price, 29, of Farmington.

The original criminal complaint included several technical errors. The charges were dismissed Thursday and then refiled quickly against Price.

He allegedly shot Poston, 26, multiple times. Poston’s body was found along U.S. Route 119 near the border of Taylor and Monongalia counties.

According to the updated criminal complaint, investigators allege Price was in a relationship with the mother of Poston’s child and the relationship was contentious. Investigators said a Harrison County Family Court judge had ruled Price could not be around the child. Investigating troopers also allege Price attempted to frame Poston for possession of child pornography.

Tyler Poston
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The complaint also says members of the Price family told investigators Price had .22 caliber pistol that he had borrowed from his grandmother. Investigators said they matched shell casings recovered from the crime scene and at Price’s residence to the weapon.

Documents also show Price is the owner of the West Side Trading Post Pawn Shop at 115 Jackson Street in Fairmont. During a search of the shop, police said they found pieces of a .22 caliber magazine that had been destroyed and a box containing driver’s licenses from past customers.

Investigators said a 2016 driver’s license was found at the scene that did not belong to anyone associated with the victim or suspect.

Price has been charged with first-degree murder. He is being held in North Central Regional Jail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 10.





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