Sampson, Armstrong await competency exams

PARKERSBURG — Two Wood County men charged with murder had status hearings in Wood County Circuit Court Tuesday.

Jeffery Lyle Sampson, 47, and David Scott Armstrong, 27, both in custody at the North Central Regional Jail, were to appear regarding the status of mental competency examinations.

Attorney Shane McCullough, who represents both men, told the court the examinations have been scheduled but are not complete.

Judge Jason Wharton set another status hearing for Sampson and Armstrong for 9 a.m. Nov. 30.

They are being held at the regional jail with no bond.

Sampson is charged with the Jan. 10, 2017 murders of Shawn Hardman and Brandy Hardman. Overall Sampson is charged with six counts of murder, two counts of kidnapping and one count each of kidnapping, use or presentation of a firearm during the commission of a felony and wanton endangerment of a firearm.

Armstrong is charged with murder after allegedly supplying the fentanyl that caused the Jan. 31 overdose death of Ryan Danko in Parkersburg.

Armstrong is also charged with delivery of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance, marijuana, with intent to deliver.