More details about Raleigh County murder case emerge

BECKLEY, W.Va. — One of two suspects charged Saturday in the shooting death of a Raleigh County man reportedly has confessed to his involvement in the incident.

Franklin Yancey, 24, and William Garretson, 54, both of Glen Morgan, were taken into custody by sheriff’s deputies and charged with the murder of 20-year-old Roy Lee Barnes III of Crab Orchard.

According to court records, Yancey admitted to killing Barnes because of a property dispute, and named Garretson as an accomplice. Sheriff’s deputies stated they later found a firearm belonging to Yancey in an outbuilding behind Garreston’s home.

Barnes’ body was discovered Tuesday in a wooded area near Whitby.

Both suspects are being held at Southern Regional Jail.