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Authorities capture murder suspect after escape from facility

Dominick Joseph McClung

PARKERSBURG — A man accused in the murder of a Parkersburg woman was captured Sunday after escaping from a state correctional center, officials said.

Dominick Joseph McClung, 18, Parkersburg, escaped from the Donald R. Kuhn Juvenile Center in Boone County around 4:30 p.m. Sunday and was captured around 8 p.m. by West Virginia State Police in Boone County, the West Virginia Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation said.

McClung and Michael Wayne Leadmon, 23, also of Parkersburg, are accused of killing Karen Yeager, 68, Parkersburg, in September. Leadmon pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to 40 years in prison. He is in custody at the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail in Hampshire County.

McClung was 17 at the time of the murder.

He was indicted this month by the Wood County Grand Jury on charges of murder and for robbery, burglary, concealing a deceased human body, grand larceny and conspiracy to commit a felony.

McClung was transferred to adult status, according to Prosecuting Attorney Pat Lefebure.

According to the Parkersburg Police Department, two people entered Yeager’s residence on Broad Street where they tripped an alarm and she confronted them. They killed her, police said.

Family reported to police they were unable to contact Yeager. Her body was found on First Avenue beneath the Fifth Street Bridge.

McClung was charged in Boone County Magistrate Court with escape, a felony. He was lodged in the Southwestern Regional Jail in Logan County.

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