Hancock County teenager pleads guilty in double murder case

WEIRTON, W.Va. — A 15-year-old Hancock County boy pleaded guilty Tuesday to killing his mother and sister two years ago in their Weirton home.

Connor Crowe’s case was transferred to adult status and he entered a guilty pleas to two counts of second degree murder. He faces 10 to 40 years in prison on both convictions.

Crowe was 13 in September 2020 when he shot and killed his mother, Melissa Rowland, and his teenage sister Madison Crowe. They were found dead in the family’s Ardmore Avenue residence.

Madison Crowe was a sophomore at Weir High School and a member of the Red Riders’ girls soccer team. Weir Athletic Director Donna Ferguson told MetroNews at the time that Madison was bright and funny and had an infectious laugh.

“Just one of those young ladies, no matter what kind of day she was having, always had a positive attitude, always a smile, and always a laugh,” Ferguson said. “Plus a very fierce competitor on the field.”

Connor Crowe will be sentenced at a later date. He remains housed in a state juvenile detention facility.

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