A man accused of shooting a West Virginia state trooper was charged Saturday morning in Mingo County.
Timothy Kennedy, 29, was held without bail at Southwest Regional Jail
Police said Timothy Kennedy, 29, shot and killed the sergeant. Cory Maynard ambushed him along Beach Creek Road near Matewan, Mingo County, as Maynard responded to a call to fire. Prison records do not indicate whether Kennedy had a lawyer available to comment on the charges. Kennedy was taken into custody shortly before 11 p.m. Friday. He was processed at the Williamson Precinct of the West Virginia Police Department before being transferred to the Southwestern Regional Jail in Holden, Logan County. News agency reports said he was arrested Friday night at a police checkpoint in a stolen vehicle.
Kennedy cannot leave the state without prior approval
A preliminary hearing has not yet been scheduled, but should be held within 10 days, Justice Harvey said. He told Judge Harvey that he earns $20,000 a month. Kennedy was asked by Mr. Harvey about his source of income, but he did not answer. This isn’t the first time Kennedy has gotten into trouble. The WSAZ reported in 2020 that Kennedy trespassed on an abandoned mine in Mingo County. His family called him missing but was later found alive. At this point, the mine had not mined coal for nearly a decade. The crew found Kennedy more than 800 meters below the mine.