WV man found guilty of murder in Kanawha County

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UPDATE, 2:30 p.m. May 4, 2021: A jury has recommended a sentence of life in prison with no mercy after finding Joshua Drennen guilty on all charges yesterday, including murder in the first degree.

The recommended sentence means he would spend the rest of his life in prison with no chance for parole.


CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) – A jury has found Joshua Drennen guilty on all charges, including murder in the 1st degree, after a six-day trial.

Drennen, of Clendenin, was charged with murder and attempted murder in Kanawha County stemming from a string of incidents that happened Feb. 12, 2020. He has been accused in the murder of 77-year-old Barbara Steele. He is also accused in the attack on Charleston Police Officer Austin Casto, allegedly hitting him in the head with an antique iron.

The defendant was declared competent to stand trial in August.

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