Gavin Smith was a sixteen year old from West Virginia when he would murder four members of his family. According to court documents Gavin Smith would fatally shoot Risa Mae Saunders, 39, Daniel Dale Long, 37, Gage Ripley, 12, and Jameson Long, 3,. The bodies would be discovered in the Elkview home days later. Gavin Smith would be arrested and charged with four counts of murder. The jury would find this teen killer guilty of three counts of first degree murder and one count of second degree murder.
Apparently Gavin Smith would tell police that he felt overwhelmed from being home schooled and that his parents kept padlocks on the fridge and doors to the home. Rebecca Lynn Walker would plead guilty to four counts of accessory after the fact and would be sentenced to ten years in prison. Gavin Smith will be sentenced at a later date
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A teenager was convicted Thursday after a four-day trial in the deaths of his mother, stepfather, and two younger siblings.
Gavin Smith was found guilty on all charges which included three counts of first-degree murder, one county of second-degree murder and one count of using a firearm during the commission of a felony.
In December 2020, Smith’s family members were found dead by another relative at a home on Cemetery Hill Drive in Elkview, and Smith was later charged with shooting and killing them
Smith was only 16 years old at the time of the shootings.
The victims were later identified as Daniel Dale Long, 37, Risa Mae Saunders, 39, Gage Ripley, 12, and Jameson Long, 3.
According to a Kanawha County Circuit Court order, after the murders Smith was found hiding behind a dresser in a third-floor room of a home along River Haven Road in Clendenin.
Rebecca Lynn Walker, 17, who was in a relationship with Smith at the time of the murders took a plea agreement and pleaded guilty to four counts of accessory after the fact to first-degree murder.
Smith will be sentenced at 9 a.m. Jan. 17.
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A teen accused of an Elkview quadruple murder was found guilty in Kanawha County Court on Thursday.
Gavin Smith was found guilty on all five charges: Three counts of first-degree murder, one count of second-degree murder, and one count of using a firearm during the commission of a felony.
Smith was indicted in June for allegedly killing his mother, stepfather and two brothers in December of 2020. He was 16 at the time.
The bodies of four people, two adults, and two children were found inside a home on Cemetery Hill Drive in Elkview on Dec. 13, 2020. According to the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office, autopsies revealed that the family had been shot with a firearm.
Deputies later identified the victims as Daniel Dale Long, 37, Risa Mae Saunders, 39, Gage Ripley, 12, and Jameson Long, 3, all of Elkview.
Last year, Rebecca Walker, who was 17 at the time of the murders, pleaded guilty as an adult to four counts of “accessory after the fact to first-degree murder.” She was sentenced to 10 years in prison in September.