MURDER! The Wrongful Death of Mark Medley Sanctioned by Gilmer County!!
By Dan Bingman
This may be by far the most difficult article and truthful account we have had to relay to our readers. We were both shocked and surprised to discover the same names and some of the same public officials named in prior reports of misconduct, involved in a murder case so disturbing as to be almost unbelievable. We have taken multiple separate days to interview public officials, Mary Ann Campbell and relatives to get the account of the cold blooded killing of Mark Medley on July 26, 2006 in Gilmer County, WV, and have discovered never before mentioned facts in a case that got a great deal of press, both on TV and in print during the murder trial of April 2007.
The purpose here is to show again the state of despair in the Gilmer County Prosecution and legal system in the past seven years where often the innocent gets punished and the guilty walks free.
Gilmer County Prosecutor Gerald B. Hough
The matter of the statement made by Everett Campbell in court about having a 357 magnum on the floorboard of his car for deer hunting in late July really set the matter straight for another Gilmer County Court trial that was a complete mockery of justice from start to finish. There appears to be some very clear legal violations involving this murder trial gone wrong.
Reviewing this case and researching the data, we never once saw any information or an explanation as to why Everett Campbell possessed a firearm despite a past felony and an extensive criminal record.
Mark Medley was 40 years old when he was shot in the chest and killed by the blast from a long-barreled .357 revolver.
It is on record, according to Mary Ann Campbell, that Everett Campbell had threatened to shoot Medley prior to the July incident, which is certainly consistent with the action of premeditated murder.
According to a crime report, nearly 40% of all West Virginia murders are either directly or indirectly tied to domestic situations.
Everett Campbell – CRJ Mugshot After Arrest
About an hour or so before the murder of Medley, Campbell spoke with Glenville Police Chief. Medley and Mary Ann Campbell asked for his help, but Chief Moss refused saying most of his men were not available and out on call. Why couldn’t the Police Chief just do his job and help them himself? What they were both looking for was an escort to avoid a problem and possible violent confrontation.
Chief Moss had to have learned through his police training that domestic issues can blow up into violence and the immediate concern was most certainly a legitimate request for a situation in which they were both unarmed.
After reviewing all the news coverage of the incident and interviewing people that were actually there and talking to Mary Ann Campbell who was an eye-witness to the shooting, we came to the conclusion that the only reasonable answer for any future dealings in similar situations is – don’t expect any help from law enforcement in Gilmer County and come to the confrontation heavily armed!
If you were to find yourself in the same situation where some whack job control freak fires the first shot, then you would have no choice but to unload the 70 round banana clip of 7.62 that you happened to bring for self defense. Then, maybe you would have a chance of living through a bad scene in Gilmer County, in which you can get not even one person connected to law enforcement to come to your aid.
In this specific instance, that was the only answer for what was going to work over in Sand Fork, WV that day. But, unfortunately for all of us and unfortunately for the Medley family, Mark did not bring the AK to the killing that day.
”Everett Campbell is nothing but a cold blooded killer, and most likely will commit crimes in the future every bit as heinous as his former crimes,” one public official stated after considering all the evidence and research completed on the slaying in Sand Fork!
After gathering facts from various sources during several interviews it is clear that the actual murder trial brought forward many false facts to confuse the jury and all the legal issues, and much of the real truth of the matter never made it to court. It was a case where David Karickhoff gave an excellent performance for the defense, against the second-rate performance by the Gilmer County Prosecutor, according to one law enforcement official.
Now this is an interesting concept considering Mary Ann Campbell was a witness for the prosecution but often made to feel that she was a defendant! She was often made to feel that she did something wrong. She was a mother who was separated from her children. Does anybody out there know what that feels like?
Many times Gilmer County history has shown that officers of the court pre-arrange and pre-decide a case before it ever makes it into the courtroom despite the efforts of law officers to bring charges for the actual crime committed. This case is a very good example of a good ole back woods Gilmer County trial.
We learned specific information was given about the wrong doing of the Previous Gilmer County Circuit Clerk and the fact that two members of the jury were closely associated with the family of Everett Campbell. So there are some immediate questions about this case in regard to the jury, and that same situation appears over and over in Gilmer County.
The REAL STORY of what happened began earlier in the summer of 2006. In the early part of July that year, Everett and Mary Ann Campbell had mutually agreed for Mary Ann to have the kids for a while during the summer at her home in Moundsville, WV.
This mutual agreement was well within the guidelines of their divorce and the children truly enjoyed time with their mother, as all children would.
Mary Ann Campbell preferred this situation as she reports that many times she was forced to have sex with Everett Campbell long after they were divorced when she had to go to his families’ home to see the kids. The sex was all part of a contingency of being able to visit her children, which we are willing to wager, was not part of the divorce agreement through the courts.
The former Mrs. Campbell got to truly enjoy spending time with her kids, and got some quality alone time with them that any parent would treasure that summer of 2006 in Moundsville. She was finally happy, getting her life back together and having her kids gave her the balance she had been searching for, for many years. The children truly loved being with their mother that summer.
Things were going perfectly and all was well until one day Mary Ann received a call from the niece of Everett. She spoke to her, and it was a friendly conversation, but in reality the whole purpose of the phone call was a ruse for a hidden purpose involving Everett’s sister, Sue Ann Scott, who got on the phone with a phony story about how her brother never lets her see the kids, blah blah blah.
Mary Ann got played for her sympathy of the situation and being a good down home properly raised young woman, tried to do the right thing by Sue Ann, and invited her over to see the children. What Mary Ann did not know was that Everett had asked his sister to go get the kids and bring them home at all costs. The new scheme was certainly not part of the arrangement Everett had made with Mary Ann, but Mr. Campbell obviously had control issues.
Sue Ann, through her false complaints and false story of wanting to see the kids, arranged to visit the Moundsville home, but when she arrived with her husband James they both asked if the kids could spend a week with them. The original purpose of the call and contact had immediately changed. That fact in itself would bring suspicion to the mind of any reasonable person.
Right from the start Mary Ann was unsure and did not feel right about farming out her kids to her ex-husbands sister, plus there could have been some legal repercussions from doing so. She did agree to allow her ex-sister in law and husband stay with the kids at her house, while she went to confer with her boyfriend Mark Medley to ask what he thought of her letting her kids stay with relatives. She needed an outside opinion.
Gilmer County Court Room in August Bond Hearing with Defense Counsel David Karickhoff
~~ Photo credit to Drew Moody ~~
When Mary Ann returned, Sue Ann, James, and the children were all gone, and she panicked as any mother would. What an awful feeling and what terrible thoughts must have been rushing through the young mothers mind. Motherly instincts are very real in nature, but the Child’s Services and the courts, and other agencies seldom consider these emotions to the degree that they should be considered. To them it is often cut and dry and black and white and a matter of seeing that all the paper work is in order.
Life is not black and white and cut and dry. Life is more about a mother’s love for her children and the sanctity of the family.
Most mothers would immediately get on the phone and start making calls, but for Mary Ann those calls went unanswered. Mary Ann wanted to call the police, but being young, was still a bit naïve about the wicked ways of the world and the crooked tricks of the jealous and evil.
Anything holy or sacred or loving or involving the love of family members or holding close those that are truly part of you dissolves away very quickly in a Gilmer County courtroom in a situation already decided in advance by a hand-picked jury that was completely manipulated by the powers that be.
We were hoping to have more information involving the jury tampering, but some people present at the time have had second thoughts about revealing more truth involving the Gilmer County Public Officials, given the current situation of allegations of criminal activity for other matters. Many people are worried about their futures in Glenville, their job, and their family if they tell. Many are afraid of constant threats by the law breaking members of Glenville society of legal system. Considering what happened in the long forgotten death of Fred Hill, we can understand that way of thinking. But we heard it said that both Everett Campbell and Gerald B. Hough were actually in the jury room while the jury was technically convened. This is highly illegal, but the Gilmer County Prosecutor Gerald B. Hough has stooped to this sort of behavior before, according to various sources.
Truly, Everett could not stand the fact that his ex was finally happy and secure in a relationship with another man. This is an obstacle for many men in modern times. It is a difficult time, but the choices we make decide who we become, but Everett made a bad choice. He was so jealous that he was going to use the children as weapons to destroy that happy relationship and that happy home life and the best life Mary Ann Campbell had come to know in all of her 27 years.
Before her new found happy life was realized, while divorced and estranged, there was one incident in which Mary Ann went through an ordeal that was so horrible, she is still affected by it. She agreed to meet Everett for a dinner and spend time with their four year old daughter, but when she went to the room, Everett forced her sexually and forcibly held her head face down on the bed nearly smothering her while he ripped off her clothes and committed the act of sodomy in front of their screaming and crying daughter. The little girl was pleading for her daddy to stop hurting her mommy and making her cry. Everett replied with, “Shut the F (explicative) up and go back to sleep!”
Hurt both physically and emotionally by the incident Mary Ann Campbell sought the help of the Gilmer County Sheriff, Mickey Metz, and decided she wanted to press charges for being raped in an un-natural way in front of a four year old child. Mary Ann stated that Sheriff Metz did not bring charges against Everett and talked her out of signing the complaint.
Our findings reveal that often this is just how the good ole boys of Gilmer County do it, since Everett was closely associated with Sgt CJ Ellyson of the West Virginia State Police, who around the same time had somehow lost all the dope and guns and money from the evidence locker in Calhoun County, and crucial evidence needed to convict Chief Deputy Bandy of the Calhoun County Sheriff’s office was simply missing one day.
We guess it was no coincidence that Gerald B. Hough was assigned as special prosecutor to that case, and since he claims that CJ Ellyson is a good personal friend of his, it all seemed to add up to the fact that no cop or public official is going to jail for a crime on his watch, whether they are guilty or not!
This was all happening in the same time frame as the court case and arrest of a person we all came to know as 357 Evey!
Matters became more confused when out of the blue Mary Ann was arrested for a charge of attempted child concealment. We could not find a code for that charge, and we truly believe there is no code. Mary Ann had to come up with a large amount of money for bail.
The lawyer that was assigned to defend the former Mrs. Campbell was inept and she requested another lawyer. She said her assigned attorney had cookie crumbs on his mouth and appeared unkempt. When another woman attorney attempted to come to her rescue having witnessed her dilemma, Mary Ann tells us, Judge Facemire, Gerald B. Hough and a big giant Police man cornered the lady lawyer and threatened to have her disbarred if she ever came to their town and attempted to meddle in their affairs again.
The charges were later dropped because, we believe there was no law broken, there was no state code violation that we can find, but that is how they do it in Gilmer County.
The bail bond company made some fat cash and this same type of situation is all part of a regular scheme that is run right out of Central WV in Glenville!
“If for some reason you are targeted, then it could be likely you will find yourself arrested and facing prison for false charges, and then spend money on the local lawyers, and the bail bonds people, so they can kick down to their friends in law enforcement that just keep that money wheel rolling!”, a well-respected member of the community noted.
We have statements from a county employee who was a witness to meetings at the courthouse and was just a few feet away, and listened to a plan how to “Get” someone! “What can we charge him with? What is going to stick?” And in this case, big shot lawyers from out of town whose duty brought them to the courthouse for the day, were often invited to meet with the local lawyers that read like a WHO’S WHO of local power elite.
This sort of behavior is highly illegal, yet it seems it has become common practice in Gilmer County courthouse. Actually creating a crime to have someone arrested is highly unethical and very illegal, but yet we have the evidence of an eye witness that said these meetings lasted for several years, for just one high profile individual. We understand they are still working on making something up.
Mary Ann was disturbed that Sue Ann Scott, her sister in law just stole her kids from the house and got away with it. A lot of pent up emotions burst forth on that very hot summer afternoon that Mark Medley died.
After coming into town and having a confrontation in the parking lot of the former Sports Bar known as the Main Event, Mark Medley and Mary Ann called 911 since Glenville Police Chief had turned them down on the offer of an escort. The call somehow never got answered.
As soon as they showed up at a home owned by a man named Harold that was about 200 yards from the Glenville State Police office, Everett pulled in behind them and his sister Sue Ann ran up on the porch yelling, “Shoot them dad, shoot them!” Harold, the father of Everett and Sue Ann, had a long barrel high powered rifle loaded and ready to go on the porch.
Everett fired his 357 magnum within seconds of exiting his vehicle, but missed, he fired again hitting Mark Medley in the chest.
Mark went down, and Mary Ann ran to him and tried to get him in the vehicle to escape, but he collapsed. Then, Everett came up behind Mary Ann, grabbed her by the hair, and stuck the 357 to her head and said, “I am going to shoot you next b*tch!”
Medical teams were there in a few minutes and so were the WV State Police. Gilmer County Sheriff Mickey Metz showed up at the scene and found himself just directing traffic. Our research revealed when the medical team asked Mark if he had any allergies, he replied, “Yes I am allergic to mean people with guns!” Those were his last words!!
Mark died shortly after making that speech, while paramedics worked hard to revive him, but a 357 to the chest will kill you every time.
It was all a trap, it was nothing but a cold blooded murder July 26, 2006 the day Mark Medley died!
Smiling Since He Got Away with Murder after Sentencing
According to various sources, it has been discovered recently that Everett was being used as a Snitch by local law enforcement to set up buys of Meth. Technically Campbell acted as a confidential informant several times for Meth buys and was used to attempt to buy from local Meth labs. It is believed that he was also allowed to use drugs while performing these duties. If this fact can be substantiated it would explain a lot.
After it was all said and done, Everett escaped with one year in jail, his sister got custody of the children, and Mary Ann got nothing but grief. Put yourself in this poor woman’s place. The justice system and the courts failed her and the children that day. How safe can one feel in a county such as this where the real criminals wear three piece suits, drive fancy cars, and have the power to destroy a family just because they feel like it?
But how do we explain to the Medley family that we are sorry that their son, their brother, their friend, their loved one, was brutally murdered for the pitiful reason of being the love interest of an honest woman that had an intensely jealous ex-husband.
If you are not part of the wheel that keeps things rolling in Glenville, West Virginia, then you better watch out for that wheel will roll right over you! So it seems. The place where a First Degree Murder is a Misdemeanor + Rewards!
~~ Comments ~~• Can’t lose what is already lost.
• He only did what was right for his kids. she was never a mother she ran around on her husband .
• Campbell served his time!
• This is the most crooked of justice systems around, people would not believe the illegal things.
• I lost faith in them a long time before this case.
• Why would it not make us lose faith?
• It was obvious years ago we are infested with crooked leaders.
• If I ever had any.
• Yes , They are there to protect & serve. Not, to punish the ones who did not commit any crimes.
• I left Glenville many years ago and corrupted it still is!! I’m not surprised by this story.
• This man was only defending his children that Mary Ann was trying to harm.
• Murder is murder it’s not right.
• I personally know Mary Ann. She is NOT AT ALL like she is portrayed in this article!
• Not enough information. Other sides of the story would also need to be reported.
• Chief only has one man on shift at all times he’s city not county.
• Jury was rigged by David Lane Smith, there are witnesses!
~~ Comments ~~• The mother didn’t have custody to start with!
• And several others!! But what about Gilmer County’s Child Protection Services?!?!
• CPS should look at the Scott residence.
• Why should the aunt have them? Like sister like brother???
• If they didn’t get it right the first time, why would they now?!
• How can the children be taken away from their mother , if she was not convicted of any crime.
• How did this lady lose her children to the sister in law? Something is not adding up.
• They are in a better home, their real mother was a no good mother that pawned them off on everyone.
• Outside world send help! All we are learning couldn’t be invented by an LSD addict.
• Let it go for the sake of the children.
• They custody to a murderer “Narcotics Snitch” and seldom gather all the proper facts.
~~ Comments ~~• Not at all. This was a domestic dispute. What does that have to do with my feelings of safety?
• The Power Elite destroy anyone that criticizes them, this is not the USA in Gilmer Co.
• I always come to the county well-armed.
• IT SURE DOES!!!
• Yes I would hat to be arrested for jay-walking.
• If there ever was any.
• No one is safe in Gilmer County. You never have been.
• Don’t walk at night, watch your back and pray you don’t anger the power brokers.
• Gilmer County is known for rape, murder, and falsely convicting innocent citizens!
~~ Comments ~~• This story is obviously slanted. Does GFP stand for thorough reporting, or is it just an open mic?
• I heard 2 campbell family members on the jury, courthouse workers say case was already decided b4
• The jury selection process should be reviewed by someone outside of the county.
• Not sure, but something isn’t right!
• Of course. That’s how the system works.
• Ummm. Let’s ask Mr. Hough!!
• E.C. and law enforcement all to blame together.
• Yes , how else can the defendant set thru on deliberation.
• Well some type of deal had to be struck..Murder someone and get only a year?
• Definitely. A clear picture is emerging through the electronic media.
• Gilmer arranges cases before they are ever heard, backed up evidence and testimony.
~~ Comments ~~• Gerry acted as defense counsel and not prosecutor
• The jury got there directions from the judge. What happened?
• The jury got there directions from the judge. What happened?
• No WV County has the funds to pay the jail bill. We can’t afford give long term sentences.
• The proof is in the verdict isn’t it? Misdemeanor, ya right.
• Da yea . All you have to do is read this, even if you’re not a lawyer. You can tell that this illegal.
• Of course.
• What about Mel Waddell shooting the Stump boys on Toler Fork and getting by with it???
• Some of info in this story is fabrication at best.
• Gilmer County has well-earned its name as crooked!
 Chief Moss was contacted about this case, and he asked for the date of the murder so he could check his logs. The date was given to him, and as of this time we have not heard from him.
 Our interview with a local police official who showed up after the incident, noted that Mary Ann Campbell and Mark Medley, while speeding toward Everett’s house, passed by the State Police Headquarters. He said the couple should have stopped at the State Police office before going to the crime scene to avoid any mishap!
 When interviewing several police officers, they all unanimously noted they could not absolutely believe how the Judge, Prosecutor, and Jury came up with “In-voluntary Manslaughter.” They all unanimously said, at the least the charge should have been “Voluntary Manslaughter” if not more.
Update: – Re: Chief John Moss
The Gilmer Free Press received a response from Chief John Moss regarding this case. Chief Moss verified that Mark Medley and Mary Ann Campbell asked for assistance in picking up the children in Brooklyn Drive. He informed them that the police do not get involved with civil matters like child custody. He then asked if they had a court order and they said they did not. Chief Moss advised the couple to obtain the proper paperwork from court and then a Deputy Sheriff could help them get the children. It was a few hours later that he heard about the shooting. Chief Moss stated that he did not agree with the jury, and that Mr. Campbell could have stopped at the State Police headquarters near the sight of the shooting to ask for assistance, but instead took the law into his own hands.
GFP would like to thank Chief Moss for responding so promptly to inquiries regarding this case.
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