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Judge Finds “Probable Cause” In Case Of 2 Murder Suspects In W.Va.

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WHEELING, W. Va. (KDKA) — In separate hearings Thursday, a magistrate in Wheeling, W. Va., said there was enough evidence to hold two men in custody in the beating death of a college student earlier this month.

The suspects are 22-year-old Craig Peacock, originally from Florida, and 24-year-old Jarrett Chandler, from Louisiana.

The men have been working in the Wheeling area in the oil and gas industry.

The two suspects and a third person got into a street fight with two Wheeling Jesuit University students several weeks ago.

WJU student, 21-year-old Kevin Figaniak, died at a Pittsburgh hospital of blunt force trauma to the head.

Prosecutors said by his own admission, Peacock said he kicked Figaniak in the head while he was on the ground, and that blow to the head may have been the one that killed him.

A third man who was with the accused he night of the fatal beating has been identified, but he had not been questioned up until now.

A grand jury is expected to convene in January to consider indictments.

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