MASON COUNTY, WV (WOWK)—Mason Police Chief Colton McKinney has identified the victim in a murder that happened Friday night.
Jason Pierce, 34 of Racine, was found with multiple gunshot and stab wounds at a home along Front Street.
Wayne Leib is the suspect in the case, Chief McKinney says that charges are expected to be filed tomorrow.
Leib is also charged in a murder that happened the same night across the river in Pomeroy, Ohio.
“We do believe that both homicides are connected,” said Chief McKinney. “We will be working with the West Virginia State Police crime lab along with the Ohio BCI and the Pomeroy police department to further along this investigation.”
The Pomeroy Police Chief Chris Pitchford said the victim in that case was 62-year-old Dwayne Qualls, who was also found shot, in his own home on Spring Avenue Friday night.
“We arrived on scene, we found the victim Dwayne Qualls deceased in his residence and spoke to a witness,” Chief Pitchford said. “We got some information from him and what he witnessed, and we deducted a suspect from that which would’ve been Wayne Leib.”
Chief McKinney said it is believed that the murder in Mason happened first, and the one in Pomeroy followed later that evening.
Both Chief McKinney and Pitchford said a motive is still unknown at this time.
Leib is currently being held at Middleport Jail in Ohio and will appear in court Tuesday, Oct. 4 for aggravated murder charges related to the death of Qualls.
According to court records, Leib was previously charged with burglary in April 2017 which he pled guilty to. He was then charged in November 2017 for not paying child support, which he again pled guilty to.
His most recent prior was in April 2018, when he was charged with trafficking and possession of counterfeit controlled substance.