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Charges filed in 16-year-old murder case

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Jonathan Skaggs, 24, was reported missing in August 1999. His charred remains were found days after his disappearance. Jonathan Skaggs, 24, was reported missing in August 1999. His charred remains were found days after his disappearance.
Alfred Clinton "Clint" Toney Alfred Clinton "Clint" Toney

FAYETTE COUNTY (WVVA) The prime suspect in a 16-year-old murder case is indicted in Fayette County.

Alfred Clinton "Clint" Toney, 44, is charged with the murder of Jonathan Wesley Skaggs.

Skaggs, 24, was reported missing in August 1999. According to Prosecuting Attorney Larry Harrah, Skaggs' "charred remains were located several days later at a residence in the Dempsey Branch area of Fayette County."

Back in 2014, Sheriff Steve Kessler named Toney as the prime suspect in the murder. Kessler said a deputy saw Skaggs on the side of Dempsey Branch Road on the night of August 15, 1999. The deputy offered Skaggs a ride because he appeared to be intoxicated and the deputy didn't want to leave him there. Kessler said Skaggs asked to be taken to his friend's house, Alfred "Clint" Toney.

On August 17, 1999 Skaggs was reported missing by his family. Toney was interviewed multiple times. Kessler said Toney's account of what happened kept changing. Cadaver dogs were used to search Toney's property and surrounding area. Bone fragments wee found in a hollow nearby and more remains were discovered in a fire pit in Toney's yard. 

The Grand Jury indictment was returned on Wednesday based on the testimony of Sheriff Kessler. 

Fayette County Prosecuting Attorney Larry Harrah released the following statement:

“The rules of criminal procedure severely limit the amount of information that I am able to release in connection with this matter,” said Fayette County Prosecuting Attorney Larry Harrah.  “I can state that murder cases are never considered closed until the alleged perpetrator either dies or is convicted in a criminal court.  The wheels of justice may turn slowly, but they never stop moving forward.  I believe that the return of this indictment is an important step forward in our quest to obtain justice for Jonathan Wesley Skaggs.  As with all criminal defendants, no matter what charges they may face, Alfred Clinton Toney must be considered innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in the Circuit Court of Fayette County.”  

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