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W.Va. court upholds kidnapping conviction

October 19, 2013
Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Supreme Court has upheld the kidnapping conviction of a Dunbar man who targeted an elderly man in a grocery store parking lot.

The Charleston Gazette reports ( that the court Friday upheld Gary Wayne Mullins' conviction for kidnapping 84-year-old George Jacobs of Charleston. The 51-year-old was sentenced last year to 25 years in prison.

Jacobs testified that Mullins jumped into his car in January 2011 as Jacobs pulled into a parking lot. Mullins asked for money and then was told to drive to his home and later to a bank.

Mullins contended the money was a loan he intended to repay.

Jacobs was found dead the day after testifying. Prosecutors say the death didn't appear to be suspicious.

Mullins appealed the conviction, claiming a lack of evidence.


Information from: The Charleston Gazette,



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