Man charged with murder

PARKERSBURG A Happy Valley Lane resident was charged with the murder a man who died Wednesday morning after being struck on the head.

Jeffrey Allen Hughart, 46, 1317 Staunton Ave., died at Camden Clark Medical Center from injuries received in an incident at 511 Happy Valley Lane, Chief Deputy Shawn Graham said. Hughart was struck in the head with an object, collapsed into unconsciousness, then was taken in a pick up truck to his residence on Staunton Avenue where he was left in the yard, Graham said.

Larry G. Owens, 55, 511 Happy Valley Lane, and Hughart apparently got into an altercation at Owens’ residence, Graham said. Both men knew each other, Graham said.

Owens has been charged with murder and appeared for arraignment in Wood County Magistrate Court, Graham said. He was ordered held without bond pending a hearing on bond in circuit court, which is the procedure on capital offenses.