Lilly waives preliminary hearing on murder charge

From left, Joe Munoz, Chester Lilly III’s attorney; Lilly and Officer Fred Jackson with the Wood County Sheriff’s Department approach Magistrate Brenda Marshall to fill out documents waiving Lilly’s preliminary hearing on a murder charge Wednesday afternoon in Wood County Magistrate Court. (Photo by Madeline Scarborough)

PARKERSBURG — Chester Lilly III, 31, 2900 Avery St., who stands accused of murder in stabbing his neighbor Travis Peters, 40, to death in June, waived his preliminary hearing Wednesday afternoon in Wood County Magistrate Court.

Lilly also is being held on a charge of failure to register as a sex offender; he waived his preliminary hearing on this charge as well.

Parkersburg Police Chief Joe Martin previously said a video surveillance provided officers with a suspect and a vehicle description.

Lilly turned himself in to Parkersburg Police a day after the body of Peters was found on the ground next to Peters’ home on the 2900 block of Avery Street.

The case now moves to Wood County Circuit Court, where prosecutors are expected to seek a grand jury indictment.

Lilly is being held without bond at the North Central Regional Jail.