Charleston father accused of fatally shooting his daughter pleads not guilty to charges
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A 69 year-old Charleston father pleaded not guilty to criminal charges against him after his two adopted children were shot at their home. His daughter died in the incident in May.
Roy Roger Pittman of Keystone Drive had to repeat his responses several times when he stood before Kanawha Circuit Judge Paul Zakaib Thursday. His speech was garbled and his words unclear at first.
Pittman shot himself in the face after police said he shot Brittany Pittman, 15, and her brother Matthew Pittman, 18. The boy survived.
The father was recently indicted by a grand jury on charges of first-degree murder, attempted murder and malicious wounding.
The judge set a January trial for Pittman.
He is being held at South Central Regional Jail without bond, although his attorney told the judge at his plea hearing that he will soon make a motion for bond.
Pittman was hospitalized for a month after the shooting at his home. He appeared at his felony preliminary hearing in magistrate court in June with multiple metal rods fastened to his face.
He did not have those in place Thursday, but obviously had trouble speaking.
Sheriff's deputies witnessed Pittman shoot himself. They later found the daughter dead in her bedroom with a single gunshot wound to the chest. She had just returned home from school.
Brittany was one of seven adopted children of Pittman and his wife Wanda.
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