Woman charged with attempted murder

SALEM — A Doddridge County woman last week was charged with three counts of attempted murder after she reportedly fired a weapon at three victims.

According to the criminal complaint filed with the Doddridge County Magistrate Court, Nancy Lea Neely, 48, 2303 Meathouse Fork Rd., New Milton, fired shots when she went to confront her ex-boyfriend.

Officers responded to 903 Buffalo Calf Road, Salem, after a call reporting gunshots, the complaint said.

Neely’s ex-boyfriend told the officers that Neely said she was going to shoot the three people who were there, the complaint said.

One of the shots struck the porch step close to one of the three victims, resulting in damage to the step, according to the complaint.

Neely told her ex-boyfriend if he wasn’t home in 25 minutes, she would come back, the complaint said.

Two spent casings from a handgun were found in the road, the complaint said.

Nearby witnesses said they at first only heard one shot but then heard from five to eight shots which was in accordance to what the victims said, according to the complaint.

By the time the witnesses heard the shots and exited their home, they saw Neely leaving the residence, the complaint said.

Officers were able to locate Neely at her residence where they found the weapon on the porch, the complaint said.

The weapon had not been filed through the National Crime Information Center, the complaint said.

Neely advised law enforcement she had drank a six-pack of beer and her breathalyzer test showed .080 percent blood-alcohol concentration.

Neely began to lie about what happened, the complaint said. She claimed she had only fired three shots and that they were up in the air, the complaint said.

Law enforcement then found two live rounds of ammunition on the front passenger seat in her car, the complaint said.

Neely was then taken into custody. She is being held at the North Central Regional Jail on a $150,000 surety bond.


Today's breaking news and more in your inbox

I'm interested in (please check all that apply)