Price requests court-appointed attorney

TAYLOR COUNTY—A previously scheduled court hearing was set to take place on Friday afternoon for the Marion County man charged in the murder of Grafton’s Tyler Poston, however that conference was postponed.

According to officials, Joshua Price, 29, of Farmington was set to appear in Taylor County Magistrate Court Friday at 1:00 p.m., however the hearing was postponed at the request for a court-appointed attorney by the defendant.

Family members and friends had initially planned on staging outside of the courthouse with signs of support for Poston, beseeching justice for him, his daughter and those that were left behind in the wake of the tragedy.

However, once learning that Price’s hearing would be conducted via web conference, the family then chose to meet at another location to hold a prayer vigil instead, according to sources.

Poston’s body was reportedly found by his stepfather on the morning of June 26 at a pull-off spot at the top of Black Mountain, on US Route 119 North in Taylor County. Once officials arrived, Poston was pronounced dead on the scene.

Poston was reportedly shot six times from behind, two of those shots were in the head and the other four in the torso. Officials also determined that there was little sign of struggle. 

The medical examiner determined that the shooting was a homicide.

A forensic scientist from the West Virginia Office of the Medical Examiner found that the weapon used was a small caliber firearm. Officers from the Taylor County Sheriff's Department were able to recover shell casings from the scene which will be tested against guns found through searches of Price's property.

Price, who is being charged with murder, is currently being held in the North Central Regional Jail without bond.


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