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Murder trial date set for McClung

PARKERSBURG — Trial has been set for the man accused of the September 2019 murder of Parkersburg resident Karen Yeager.

Dominick McClung, 18, in custody at the Donald R. Kuhn Juvenile Center in Boone County, is scheduled to go to trial April 6 before Judge Jason Wharton following a hearing this week.

All motions have to be made to the court by Feb. 8, 2021. A pre-trial hearing will be held before Wharton on March 11, 2021.

McClung has previously pleaded not guilty to two charges of murder, robbery, burglary, concealing a deceased human body, grand larceny and conspiracy to commit a felony in the case.

Two co-defendants Tyler Jenkins, 23, 808 Jackson Ave., Parkersburg, and Eric Dillon, 29, in custody at the North Central Regional Jail, are charged with accessory after the fact to murder for allegedly helping to hide or dispose of evidence in Yeager’s murder.

Both Jenkins and Dillon have pleaded not guilty.

All of the cases are still listed together in Wood County Circuit Court.

In December 2019, Michael Leadmon, 23,a fourth defendant, was sentenced to 40 years in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder. Leadmon said he bore responsibility for the crime, but claimed the other suspect was the one who killed Yeager.

Officials have said McClung and Leadmon forced their way into Yeager’s Broad Street home on Sept. 2, 2019, intending to rob her to fuel their drug habits. The mother and grandmother was knocked unconscious, choked and fatally stabbed, her body found two days later beneath the Fifth Street Bridge in south Parkersburg.

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