Second Charleston man charged in connection with former football star Kane Roush’s murder

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A second Charleston man has been charged in connection with the Easter 2021 murder of former University of Charleston and Wahama High School football player Kane Roush.

Shane Roush was all-state in 2012. Michele Neff/Action Images

Meigs County, Ohio authorities told MetroNews Friday Keontae Nelson, 20, has been charged with conspiracy to commit murder and complicity to murder.

He was arraigned in Kanawha County Magistrate Court. He will now face extradition to Ohio. He is currently being held in the South Central Regional Jail without bail.

It’s alleged Nelson was with Jaquan Hall, 22, also of Charleston, when Roush was killed on April 4, 2021.

Roush, 25, was shot multiple times in the early morning hours. According to investigators, he managed to crawl to another nearby apartment building from his home to get somebody to call for help. Deputies arrived to find him on the ground and still alive. He was able to communicate with Meigs County deputies when they arrived.

Keontae Nelson
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“We weren’t just standing over top of him, I don’t want people to think we were doing that, but there were opportunities to talk to him and he spoke to us and that’s kind of crucial to what we’re working on,” Meigs County Sheriff Keith Wood previously told MetroNews.

Roush died a short time later after being transported to a nearby hospital.

Hall, who waived extradition back to Ohio last July, was scheduled to go on trial Monday in Meigs County but the trial was continued in a Friday afternoon hearing following Nelson’s arrest earlier Friday in Charleston.

Hall’s trial has been reset for September.

Jaquan Hall

Roush was first team all-state when he played football at Wahama. He led the White Falcons to the 2012 Class A championship. He then played for the University of Charleston.





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