Second defendant sentenced in Doddridge man’s slaying

CLARKSBURG (AP) — A Salem man convicted of killing a Doddridge County man in 2011 will spend the rest of his life in prison.

Media outlets report that William Bee Murray was sentenced Monday in Harrison County Circuit Court to life with no chance for parole. He was convicted of first-degree murder in July 2013.

Prosecutors say Murray and co-defendant Clayton B. Collins killed 20-year-old Thomas Ray “T.J.” Blankenship in December 2011. Blankenship’s body was found in a shallow grave near Arden in Barbour County.

Collins is serving a 40-year sentence after pleading guilty to second-degree murder in 2013.

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