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UPDATE: Pair of McDowell deputies to return to duty


WELCH (WVVA) - A pair of McDowell County deputies suspended after failing to respond to a deadly domestic dispute call will return to service, a board voted unanimously Monday.

Sheriff Martin West said he suspended deputies Mike Pertee and Timothy Vineyard -- and asked for their dismissal -- after they failed to respond to a May 2013 domestic dispute call in Beartown involving 54-year-old Wesley Payne and 52-year-old Donald Baker.

On May 19, Payne allegedly shot and killed Baker at the residence. He has been charged with first-degree murder.

View WVVA.com's original report on the incident

Pertee and Vineyard were on duty at the time of the call, but did not to respond due to their distant location in the county.

Monday's public hearing on the situation was requested by Sheriff West. A Board of Residents was appointed by the prosecutor's office to hear the case.

At the hearing, defense attorneys argued that proper polices were not followed by the Sheriff's Department in its suspension of the deputies. The board agreed.

After hearing from the attorneys of both deputies, the board voted unanimously to dismiss the case and reinstate the officers.

Both deputies are eligible to return to work as early as Tuesday.

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