Bond denied for McCoy in Parkersburg murder

Photo by Jeffrey Saulton Kenneth Leroy McCoy appeared in Wood County Circuit Court Friday for a bond hearing. Judge J.D. Beane denied bond in the case.

PARKERSBURG — Bond was denied Friday in Wood County Circuit Court for the second suspect in a December murder.

Kenneth Leroy McCoy, 34, appeared before Wood County Circuit Court Judge J.D. Beane. Assistant Prosecutor Lora Snodgrass said the Dec. 11 murder of Penni Curtiss of 1604 Tygart St., Parkersburg, was premeditated by McCoy and Jessica Nicole Roberts.

“This was a vicious murder and they used multiple weapons,” she said.

At the time, Snodgrass said, McCoy was on probation on charges of trying to disarm an officer and shoplifting.

“He is a danger to the community,” she said.

Beane made no comment other than: “Bond is denied.”

McCoy was returned to the North Central Regional Jail, accused with Roberts of the murder of Curtiss.

In a hearing last week, bond was denied for Roberts. Their cases have been bound over to the grand jury for consideration by a future grand jury.

McCoy and Roberts were persons of interest in the killing, according to the Parkersburg Police Department. They were found in the parking lot of a Walmart in Flora, Ill., on Dec. 14 after the Flora Police Department received a complaint about panhandlers at a gas station parking lot.

Police had a description of the vehicle they were driving and found it in the parking lot. They checked the VIN and found it was Curtiss’ and was reported as stolen.