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Plea settlement reached for considered one of two 2022 homicide suspects

One of many two males accused within the 2022 homicide of Matthew Moore has entered right into a plea settlement previous to a trial set to start subsequent week. 

On February 26, Arlo Whitehead Romano, 44, agreed to enter a plea of responsible to homicide of the second diploma, a lesser cost than homicide within the first diploma for which he was indicted, based on court docket data. A kidnapping cost and two counts of conspiracy have been dropped as a part of the settlement. 

Romano now awaits sentencing which might be 10-to-40 years in a state correctional facility. 

The opposite man charged in Moore’s homicide, Cleotis Cortez-Paul Eppes, Jr., 49, will transfer ahead with a jury trial set to start Tuesday March 5 earlier than Monongalia County Circuit Court docket Decide Paul Gwaltney. 

As a part of the plea settlement, Romano could also be referred to as as a witness and compelled to testify towards Eppes throughout subsequent week’s trial. 

The sufferer, Moore, was discovered on Might 7, 2022 mendacity within the roadway on Spherical Backside Street off Smithtown Street simply after 1:00 a.m.  

Detectives on the scene have been in a position to decide the reason for demise to be a gunshot wound and the way was dominated a murder by the WV Medical Examiner’s Workplace. 

Previous to his arrest, Romano led law-enforcement on a multi-day manhunt earlier than he was taken into custody by authorities in Uniontown, Pa. 

In keeping with the preliminary legal criticism, the detectives’ investigation included in depth follow-ups, interviews, search warrants, digital proof, and site and communication data related to Romano, Eppes, and Moore, in addition to surveillance footage obtained from a number of areas in and round Monongalia County and post-crime actions. 

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