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Defendants in McDowell County double murder back in court


The two men charged in connection with the murders and arson of two men near Panther were back in court this afternoon for their preliminary hearing.

Magistrate Richard VanDyke found probably cause to bind over both Donald Sydney Bailey and Troy Lee Justice and ordered the men held without bond.

Chief Judge Booker T. Stephens will set bond at a later date.

In court today, it was disclosed that Bailey and Justice and other family members were partying with the two murder victims, Clinton Mullins and Brandon Church.

At some point, Bailey and Mullins exchanged words and Bailey shot Mullins and Church.

According to testimony, Bailey and Justice then dropped off the other family members, bought gas and returned to the scene of the crime where they poured gasoline on the bodies and set them on fire.

Both men are charged with third-degree arson and conspiracy. Bailey is charged with two counts of first-degree murder. Justice is charged with two counts of accessory to murder.

Prosecutor Eddie Kornish says it's important to note that Bailey and Justice remain innocent until proven guilty.

Read more about the case and the original criminal complaint by CLICKING HERE.

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