Charleston PD investigating four April murder cases

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CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) – The Charleston Police Department gave a press conference Monday, April 26 regarding four ongoing murder investigations that have happened in the month of April.

CPD officials say there is no indication the four murders are connected.

“These are isolated incidents,” said Charleston Police Chief Tyke Hunt. “They are still alarming. Any time we have someone lose a life it is tragic. But they do not appear to be where they are going to spread out into the community.”

They also say the department has increased patrols in the city’s West Side and the Renaissance Circle Complex.

In two cases, a suspect has been arrested and charged with 1st-degree murder. The suspects in the other two cases remain unknown. Hunt and Chief of Detectives Lt. Tony Hazelett say they have “good leads” on the two unsolved cases but cannot release any further information on those investigations at this time.

“If you hear something, say something, please,” Hunt said.

The four current investigations include:

  • April 7:
    • 800 block of Central Ave. on Charleston’s West Side
    • Victim- Kelvin “KJ” Taylor, 18, of Charleston
    • Suspect- Unknown
  • April 10:
    • Renaissance Circle Complex on Charleston’s East End
    • Victims:
      • Chastanay Joseph, 22, of Charleston
      • 3-year-old juvenile who survived and has been released from the hospital
    • Suspect- Dorian Clark, 46, of Charleston has been charged with 1st-degree murder.
  • April 22:
    • 1300 block of Stuart Street on Charleston’s West Side
    • Victim- Charles ‘CJ’ Thaxton, 29, of Charleston
    • Suspect- Beau Alexander Hodge of Charleston has been charged with 1st-degree Murder.
  • April 26:
    • 700 block of Crescent Road on Charleston’s West Side
    • Victim- George Scott Bishop, 46, of Charleston
    • Suspect- Unknown

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