Logan County man charged with wife’s murder
A Logan County man is being charged with the murder of his wife following a domestic incident.
State Police arrested Gary Alan Terry, 36, of Chapmanville Sunday evening at Charleston Area Medical Center's General Hospital shortly after his wife, Caren Blankenship, 39, was pronounced dead.
Troopers began investigating Sunday morning after receiving information from Chapmanville police concerning an incident at the Rodeway Inn, said Trooper J.E. Garren.
Paramedics were dispatched to the motel shortly before 8 p.m. Saturday, Garren said. They found Blankenship unconscious and unresponsive in a room.
She had been in the motel room with Terry and his mother, whose name was not released. The couple lived in Godby Heights near Chapmanville but were at the motel visiting Terry's mother, who lives in another state, Garren said.
The trooper said paramedics at first thought Blankenship was extremely intoxicated or had overdosed because she showed no outward signs of injury.
She was taken to Logan Regional Medical Center but later was flown to CAMC with a severe head injury.
The trooper said Terry contacted Blankenship's brother Sunday morning to tell him she was in the hospital. Terry told him Blankenship had an accident and fell.
"When he got there, he said it just didn't sound right," Garren said of the woman's brother. "There were inconsistencies with the stories that were being told."
The brother, whose name was not released, grew suspicious after speaking with Terry at the hospital and contacted Chapmanville police.
Troopers interviewed Terry and his mother at the hospital. Terry's mother told troopers she did not see anything.
After several interviews Terry told officers he and his wife had an argument that escalated while they were in the motel room, Garren said.
He would not tell troopers what the argument was about but said he was defending himself when he pushed her away, causing her to fall and strike her head. Garren said Blankenship's injuries were consistent with a fall.
Garren said doctors performed several tests Sunday but found no brain activity. She was pronounced dead that evening.
Troopers at the Logan detachment weren't familiar with the couple, Garren said. Terry recently was released from prison after serving 14 months on a grand larceny conviction.
Terry was charged with first-degree murder. He is being held at Southwestern Regional Jail without bond.
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