It was the third of June, the Day we REMEMBER MARK MEDLEY who was MURDERED by GILMER COUNTY WV and their Confidential Snitch 357 Evey on July 26th 2006!!

Presented By Rina McCoy – Crooked County Crooks Editor for the Concerned Citizens FREE PRESS/Editor Edison – CalPatty Press Editor/ And all the other contributors, including the original author of the Free Press article released in honor of the death of Mark Medley July 26, 2006

It was the third of June, another sleepy, dusty Delta day
I was out choppin’ cotton and my brother was balin’ hay
And at dinner time we stopped and walked back to the house to eat
And Mama hollered out the back door “y’all remember to wipe your feet”
And then she said “I got some news this mornin’ from Choctaw Ridge”
“Today Billy Joe MacAllister jumped off the Tallahatchie Bridge”

And Papa said to Mama as he passed around the blackeyed peas
“Well, Billy Joe never had a lick of sense, pass the biscuits, please”
“There’s five more acres in the lower forty I’ve got to plow”
And Mama said it was shame about Billy Joe, anyhow
Seems like nothin’ ever comes to no good up on Choctaw Ridge
And now Billy Joe MacAllister’s jumped off the Tallahatchie Bridge

And Brother said he recollected when he and Tom and Billie Joe
Put a frog down my back at the Carroll County picture show
And wasn’t I talkin’ to him after church last Sunday night?
“I’ll have another piece of apple pie, you know it don’t seem right”
“I saw him at the sawmill yesterday on Choctaw Ridge”
“And now you tell me Billie Joe’s jumped off the Tallahatchie Bridge”

And Mama said to me “Child, what’s happened to your appetite?”
“I’ve been cookin’ all morning and you haven’t touched a single bite”
“That nice young preacher, Brother Taylor, dropped by today”
“Said he’d be pleased to have dinner on Sunday, oh, by the way”
“He said he saw a girl that looked a lot like you up on Choctaw Ridge”
“And she and Billy Joe was throwing somethin’ off the Tallahatchie Bridge”

A year has come ‘n’ gone since we heard the news ’bout Billy Joe
And Brother married Becky Thompson, they bought a store in Tupelo..

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.

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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.

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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[1] 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.

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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!

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Everett Campbell
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?

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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!

image~~  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!

image~~  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.

image~~  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!

image~~  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.

image~~  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!
Notes:

[1] 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.

[2] 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!

[3] 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.

As Always the Gilmer Free Press Platform is open to ALL parties to make their case and express their views.

Please be advised if you cannot be verified, your comments will not be activated.

I am pleased to announce to the State of West Virginia – that for the first time ever – most members of Law Enforcement and the many brave journalists that have had to remain underground for threat of false arrest for exercising their right of FREE SPEECH in Central West Virginia – finally agree on most of the facts and outcome of this case.

All seem to be in agreement, that the killing of Mark Medley was First Degree Murder and certainly not a misdemeanor.

If true facts revealed in other cases were to have the same result and same effect of agreement we would be well on our way of having a better, stronger and more unified community, in which we would be able to build trust in one another once again, just like in the days of old.

We have all been separated by blatant misconduct in the Gilmer County Courts and County and City Govt.

We need to put a stop to the misconduct and remove all public officials found guilty, and then hold them accountable for their wrongdoing.

Comment by Council of Concerned Citizens PRESIDENT 

It seems to me if one of the parents in a custody case has a criminal record, the crimes on their record should have an effect on their chances of obtaining custody or visitation.

Comment by Jenny 01 – Kentucky 

I wonder how Hough’s wife would feel if they take her children away and give them to him considering all the criminal acts he has been involved in.

Comment by Anonymous 

I can’t help it wondering, how does mothers, who stay home with their kids, do the house work (laundry, grocery shopping, cooking etc…), plus being home with their child after giving a painful birth and breastfeeding for over a year lose custody? Especially when the father committed a crime? I think single parents are great, no matter what gender, but this case bugs me and I really want the people involved look into this. The mother deserves the kids.

Comment by Jacob L. 

I am surprised to see a case based on these facts and how the law handled it. It is surprising how the legal system sided with the criminal. I’ve never seen it happen. Even if the mother might not be the best, still, she did not kill anyone. She should have the children. Not the father, not the aunt, not anyone else.

Comment by Anonymous 

In an idealistic world the good parent should have the child, but in the realistic world it doesn’t always happen. The judicial system is corrupt; it’s easy to pay someone off, especially in Gilmer County.
How can a person who comes out of law school, having problem passing the bar exam, have to take it multiple time to pass, become a prosecutor for the county? He absolutely does not have any experience. That is why he always screws up and never does his due diligence. Does he even know what that is?
He did not prosecute the criminal, he prosecuted the mother!! On whose side were you Gerry?

Comment by Rno317 

With crimes like these no wonder there is a huge demand for Criminal Justice professionals. Here you go GSC.

Comment by K.W. 

Just take away the big money Sue Ann gets for child custody and see whether she would still be willing to keep the kids!!!! cool mad

Comment by WatchDog

Not really surprising This is just another case of picking which side of a case (the divorce in this instance) they are on and protecting that side with all they can muster no matter what.  Typical of Gilmer County Law Enforcement where they decide the case not enforce the laws.

Comment by Anonymous 

Thanks to all that have commented to this traggic case. I agree that the mother of these children was wrongfully treated and is still suffering from the effects of this illegal ation by gilmer county court system.
If there is anyone out there who would have the ablity to help this mother and her children please step up and help. That’s what our legal system is suppose to be for not to take advantage of young mothers and separating them from their children.

Comment by Anonymous 

THE U.S. MARSHALL NEEDS TO COME IN AND CLEAN HOUSE!!! NUFF SAID

Comment by anonymous 

Gerry Hough can’t try his way out of a paper bag. The jury was wrong for granting such immunity to this real killer. What a bone-head move that was. You really know how to work up a case for trial in Gilmer County, Gerry. How much of the taxpayers’ money did you waste on this one?

Comment by TE12 

This is all very amusing. Hough is too busy on his daily personal life style to worry about trying a real case. I believe that ‘HE’ did it and will NEVER EVER have to worry about being prosecuted for it because of Hough’s moronic plea deal.

Comment by Anonymous 

Ungag the jurors! I want to hear what went on behind closed doors. Why such conviction? What the hell happened? If the prosecution blew such an important case then let us hear all about it.

Comment by Margie 24 

I wouldn’t doubt that this is the end of Gerry Hough. Through the years the only cases he has prosecuted himself are the ones he felt he could make a deal and profit from. This one he really messed up on, starting with giving the sister-in-law the children when she is just as guilty as Everett.

Comment by Anonymous 

What a direct slap in the face to Hough it would be if another jurisdiction picked up this murder case and did it right and actually got convictions. Hough has wasted so much of the taxpayer’s money with his bone-headed moves to grant such immunities. Thanks for our commissioners headed by Larry Chapman for giving him a raise! Raise for what? Mr. Chapman was that some kind of pay off on taxpayers expense? You always cried the blues when others ask for raise, but had no problems here. Mickey Metz, you are the law enforcer of our county. How about taking care of these continuous criminal acts.

Comment by Rno495 

Simply put this jury was hand picked by officers of the court for a not guilty verdict on the first degree murder. Further investigation into the matter will now be conducted.

David Lane Smith had quite a lot to do with the wrongdoing in this case and in many others such as the “Travesty JUNK Farm Equipment” case involving juries.

Sheriff Metz only realized that farm equipment was rusted junk now 31 years old after reading the article on the internet.

The court presented the equipment with brand new retail prices.

A NEW federal criminal complaint was made 09 February, against Hough and State Police Sgt Branham for covering up the crimes in the courthouse.

Sgt Branham was given exclusive information of how the public records fraud, and title fraud was committed, and then he refused to take evidence of the criminal complaint.

Sgt Branham then shared the information with Gerry Hough who got to work tampering with evidence.

Comment by Council of Concerned Citizens PRESIDENT 

If all you people knew what kind of mother Mary Ann Campbell really is then you would not be saying that she should get these kids. She has lied to them over and over again she makes them promises to come and get them for her weekends and then never shows up. I have set and listened to both of these children and neither of them want to actually live with her just to see her but then that don’t happen that much because she does not show up when she says she will the kids are in a better place now than they ever were before anything happened not saying that what happened was right because it could have been handled better but then the law was contacted beforehand and did not do anything so it is part their fault too. Leave Sue Ann and James out of the battle the kids are happy and doing good and that is all that matters i believe. I see these kids every single day so I know what they need and want and that is just what they have a loving home and stable family.

Comment by Mary 

To”Posted by Mary”

Actually what you said is highly inaccurate and I should know a little something about it since I have researched this matter at great length.

Nobody ever said, that Mary Ann Campbell was a perfect person, as none of us are. She became involved with Everett when she was only 19.

One part we did not bring up was Mary Ann’s serious health condition with her kidneys. She suffers from serious medical conditions that we considered private.

So when you say, “She does not show up when she says she will, then you are not telling the full story … are you?

Sue Ann and James should have never been involved with stealing the children, and if I was the police they would have been arrested for kidnapping and the courts could get to the bottom of it.

If you think that any of us considered for one minute any part of the circumstances ideal, think again, but Mary Ann Campbell never had a chance to tell her side of it.

Now she has. Live with it.

Comment by Gilmer County Concerned Citizen 

I am sorry to day but what I said above is not inaccurate do to the simple fact that i have known Mary Ann since her little boy was 5 days old she has never really been a mother to either of these 2 children nor to the one that lives with her mother. I was there the night that everything happen so i don’t care how much you researched because i know what happened and what the truth is i am going to be publishing a new article in a few days to tell Sue Ann and James side of the story because everything that Mary Ann has said is not the truth and I know this for a fact. I know all about Mary Ann’s condition and if she is not able to take care of her kids one weekend a month how could she take care of them full time. I have went to the hospital with her many of time for her spells and the doctors always could not find anything wrong all she wanted was the medication and the attention. I have no reason to lie I am not taking anyone’s side but I was there from start to finish.

Comment by Mary 

The actions of a mother undergoing domestic violence are sometimes just doing what they can to get through the day.  I do not support taking minor children from their biological mother unless abuse or molestation is taking place.  No one has suggested this.  Perhaps the children would be better served by both sides supporting and encouraging their real mother to establish a healthy and loving life that would bring this devastated family back together.  This hurts both families and it would seem they are dysfunctional enough.  Really think about what is best for the kids, not how to defend your brother.  No one deer hunts in July.

Comment by anon. 

For starters this is not Sue Ann so I am not defending Everett I am just saying leave the kids alone they are happy. As for Mary Ann she has been more than mean to the kids and I know this for a fact the kids have come home with brusies and burns on them that have been turned in before and everything. Why do u think that when she first got vists with them they had to be supervised. You guys really dont know what kind of person Mary Ann is Sue and James are much better for these kids. Let them go. Yes Everett did wrong but they didnt. The kids were not kidnapped either do to the fact that Mary Ann did not have custody at the time so just stop talking if you dont know what happened.

Comment by Mary  

To Mary:

Actually your name is Mary Ann also isn’t it?

And your are Everett’s niece. You are the one that made the call as a ruse, so that you may also be liable for stealing the kids and there is a possibility charges can be brought over that incident especially since it all lead to a wrongful death.

NOTHING you said can be substantiated as fact, not one single word.

You have had your say, but in my opinion YOU Mary Ann are just as responsible for the death of Mark Medley as Everett.

So, I would appreciate it, if you stopped your comments for they are all sounding the same and I have lost my patience with hearing it.

Start your own website. We have heard your side and it is the same thing you said before.

It does not matter if she had custody, that stunt you all pulled led to a wrongful death and I will say it to your face.

Comment by Council of Concerned Citizens member  

Yes my name is Mary Ann and I am Everett’s niece. I did not make the phone call as a ruse. Go ahead and let someone try to press charges against me I don’t care. I know that I did nothing wrong and that is all that matters. I feel bad about what happened but I am not to blame. You can say whatever you want to me it is not gonna hurt me in any way. I will keep leaving comments as long as there is something that I am against or know is wrong. So don’t expect me to not post my thoughts on the matter. My opinion is if you don’t know what you are talking about then [… Removed by GFP violating the policy]. You can do all the research you want and that still is not gonna make you know everything. Go ahead and say whatever you want about me or whatever and post it I like to know what people think and what they think they know.

Comment by Mary  

One comment

  1. This case should be a reminder to how inadequate and corrupt Gilmer County Law Enforcement is, and that goes for the local detachment of the State Police. Having one local hard working trooper out of the whole detachment does not make for good law enforcement, plus SHERIFF METZ is about as big a joke to ever hit the state of WV in a long time with his international accreditation of his FAKE High School Diploma backed all the way by the idiots at the Democrat executive committee of Gilmer County.

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