Guilty plea in September murder of Parkersburg woman

PARKERSBURG — A man accused in the September killing of a 68-year-old Parkersburg woman pleaded guilty today to an information charging him with second-degree murder.

Michael Wayne Leadmon, 22, in custody without bond at the North Central Regional Jail, entered the plea this morning before Wood County Circuit Court Judge J.D. Beane, Prosecutor Pat Lefebure said. As part of the plea agreement, Leadmon has agreed to cooperate with investigators, Lefebure said.

Leadmon was arrested Sept. 4, two days after Karen Yeager’s body was found beneath the Fifth Street Bridge. A 17-year-old boy was also arrested in connection with the murder. According to investigators, Yeager confronted the two after they forced their way into her 3805 Broad St. residence.

Leadmon is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 19.

Read more in Friday’s edition of The Parkersburg News and Sentinel.