Preston man convicted of murder in woman’s death

KINGWOOD (AP) — A man convicted of killing a Preston County woman faces life in prison without parole.

Media outlets report that a Preston County Circuit Court jury found 50-year-old Denny Ervin guilty of first-degree murder and wanton endangerment on Thursday. Jurors recommended no mercy, meaning Ervin won’t be eligible for parole.

Prosecutors say Ervin shot Leslie Layman in the back and shoulder with a .22-caliber revolver on May 8, 2012 in woods near her home in Independence.

Sentencing is set for May 30.

Thursday’s verdict followed a seven-day trial.

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