“Willard kept rolling his head back and forth… Freda, looked at Venita when I started out on the Porch, not being able to take much more,” and Venita said, “Where are you going?” I said, “I am going out on the Porch.”
“Like HELL you are, get back over here and sit down,” Venita Ordered Vehemently.
“I sat there and tried to talk to the hospice nurse. She refused to talk to me.”
Deputy Wheeler who had been recording this statement in an official murder complaint finally asks, “Do you remember the nurse’s name?” Mitchell replied, “The only thing I know is her first name is Debbie.”
“What is the date today?” asks Deputy Wheeler. “The 18th” replied Ruth Mitchell.
“MIKE, they actually murdered him,” Mitchell states in the most sincere manner.
As Willard moved his head trying to avoid the death dosage, Venita hollered for Freda Cottrill to come hold his head while Venita delivered the deadly dope. They repeated the same act several times clear up until the last dosage, Willard went limber just before 11 PM after getting a deadly dose of drugs for almost 8 hours. Freda Cottrill was the person that gave Willard the “killing dose,” and then shortly after Freda said he was gone, Venita ask Freda, “My God what do we do?” Freda said, “Let’s get everything cleaned up, and then called Terry Ellyson of Ellyson Mortuary in Glenville, WV. This entire matter was recorded accurately, for Ruth Mitchell was there and was a witness to it all from the early afternoon until Willard passed around 11 PM on October the 20th. Terry did not come; Terry’s son came, did not do an examination or declare him dead, against all WV laws and just took him to the mortuary.
Right now the final accounting of the Willard Cottrill Estate is being considered by the Gilmer County Commission. A surprising honorable mention goes out to the fiduciary commissioner who was given the difficult task of gathering all the documents and filing all the necessary elements that need to be considered in the final accounting of an estate that is in dispute and talked about daily in Gilmer County among citizens — To say the matter of the Willard Cottrill Estate is a hot topic would be quite an understatement indeed.
The investigation into the non-investigation of the Willard Cottrill alleged wrongful death is continuing, but the article is delayed while certain facts and documents are being verified. It appears that Deputy Wheeler of Gilmer County along with the prosecutor of said county have made special efforts to NOT investigate the allegations of murder, and further have made a special effort…
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