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April date set in Nicholas County man's murder trial

SUMMERSVILLE, W.Va. -- An April 16 trial date has been set in Nicholas County for a man accused of fatally shooting four people.

Media outlets report 27-year-old James Roy Belknap of Leivasy pleaded not guilty to four counts of first-degree murder during a pretrial hearing Tuesday in Nicholas County Circuit Court.

Belknap is charged in the May 19, 2012, shooting deaths of Stephen Leroy Hendrix, Amber Martin and Hendrix's two young children. A criminal complaint says the shootings occurred over a drug debt. Belknap was arrested May 28 at a police roadblock.


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