BECKLEY, WV (LOOTPRESS) – Sentencing was issued Tuesday for a man who now faces life behind bars after being charged with the murder of a Shady Spring school teacher in 2020.
According to Brian Parsons of the Raleigh County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, Joseph Davis pled guilty on Tuesday, November 29, 2022, to charges stemming from the murder of Margaret Lilly, 71 years old of Shady Spring.
Lilly was the victim of a fatal structure fire which occurred on June, 8, 2020 at her Canterbury Drive residence in Shady Spring, an incident the origin of which was later traced back to Davis.
While first responders were able to locate Lilly – already deceased by this time – at the scene, Davis, who additionally resided in the home was nowhere to be found.
Lilly’s vehicle was also found to be missing at the time of the incident, and what had begun as a structure fire investigation quickly developed into a homicide investigation.
On-scene evidence led authorities to suspect Davis’ involvement in the incident, and Davis and the missing vehicle were located in Summers County shortly after, at which point Davis was taken into custody.
Records reveal a criminal history for Davis comprising several arrests for various charges over the years, including Possession of a Controlled Substance, Aggravated DUI, Left of Center Pass Auto Proceed in Same, and Driving on Revoked License in 2013; Fleeing, Obstructing an Officer, and Battery on an Officer in 2020; and unspecified charges from 2012.
On Tuesday, November 29, 2022, Joseph Davis, 46 of Shady Spring, was sentenced to life in prison by Raleigh County Circuit Court Judge H.L. Kirkpatrick on charges of First Degree Murder with mercy for the death of Margaret Lilly in 2020.
The provision of mercy indicates that Davis could possibly become eligible for parole after serving 15 years of his life sentence.
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