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Judge denies bond for Wood County woman accused of murder

Hillary Paige Dennison

PARKERSBURG — A Wood County woman accused of two counts of murder was denied bond by Wood County Circuit City Judge Jason Wharton on Friday morning.

Hillary Dennison, 27, of Williamstown, is charged with the deaths of her father, Harold Dennison, 62, of Williamstown, and her fiance, Beau Wasmer, 26, of Williamstown, on Feb. 28.

Wood County Sheriff’s deputies arrived at the Dennisons’ residence of 1250 Sunshine Mountain Road in Williamstown, following Hillary Dennison’s 911 call that reported two people had been injured in a nail gun accident.

Harold Dennison was pronounced dead at the scene and Wasmer was transported to Marietta Memorial Hospital but succumbed to his injuries shortly after arriving.

Originally claiming a nail gun malfunction caused the deaths, Hillary Dennison later said she fired a gun intentionally at Harold Dennison which subsequently killed both victims in a Mirandized interview with a detective.

Wood County Prosecutor Pat Lefebure said that two counts of murder were the reasoning to deny bond and that the hearing was less than five minutes.

Dennison’s attorney argued for bail, stating she had no criminal record and planned to participate in her own defense.

Dennison has a preliminary hearing scheduled for 1 p.m. Wednesday in Magistrate Robin Waters’ courtroom.

Tyler Bennett can be reached at tbennett@newsandsentinel.com

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