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Atwell, Little among Mercer murder indictments

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Tracy Atwell Tracy Atwell
Gerald Little Gerald Little

PRINCETON (WVVA) - The October sitting of the Mercer County Grand Jury has handed down several murder indictments.

View the entire list of Mercer County indictments

Tracy Lee Atwell is charged with first-degree murder in the April 2012 slaying of his wife, Christina Atwell, at a home in the Rock area of Mercer County.

Atwell is also charged with first-degree robbery and abduction of a child by a family member.

Atwell led authorities on a multi-day manhunt after allegedly abducting the couple's juvenile daughter and stealing a vehicle from his parents.

Atwell and his daughter were eventually located in a remote area of Mercer County. The girl was unharmed.

View WVVA.com's reports on the Atwell case

Also indicted is Gerald Little, charged with first-degree murder in the March 2012 stabbing death of Princeton resident Jerry Buckner at Buckner's home.

A friend found Buckner dead after he failed to show up for work at the Bluefield Post Office.

Little is also charged with first-degree robbery and failure to register as a sex offender.

View WVVA.com's reports on the Buckner murder

In other Mercer County murder cases, Lorenzo Barnes has been indicted in the February 2012 shooting death of Jason Hicks. Hicks was found dead of a single gunshot wound in a parking lot on North Wickham Avenue in Princeton.

View WVVA.com's reports on the Hicks murder

Tammy Keen, Thomas Hall, and Chad Hylton all face first-degree murder and robbery charges in connection with the death of Timothy Dewitt. Police allege the suspects conspired to set up and rob Dewitt at an area near the gorge off Eads Mill Road.

Dewitt's was found shot to death by a bridge maintenance worker in March 2011.

View WVVA.com's reports on the Dewitt murder

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