Man Pleads Guilty In Meigs County Death

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WOUB Contributing Writer

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Updated Fri, Jan 31, 2014 5:18 am

Twenty-two years in prison.

That's the sentence facing Ryan Cozart for his role in the death of a 57-year-old man at a Meigs County motel last May.

Cozart pleaded guilty Thursday to the death of Wallace Chaffin.

Chaffin was found dead in his room at the Meigs Motel back on May 9th.

The Meigs County prosecutor says as a part of the deal Cozart pleads guilty to involuntary manslaughter, tampering with evidence and robbery.

Ariel Smith and Sara Craig are also facing charges in the crime.

This article contributed by WTAP Television in Parkersburg


UPDATE: 5/17/2013

On Friday, Meigs County Grand Jury indicted three people in connection with the murder of Wallace Chaffin.

Chaffin was found dead in his room at the Meigs Motel on May 9th.

Ryan Cozart is charged with aggravated murder, tampering with evidence, and aggravated robbery.

Ariel Smith is charged with complicity to felonious assault and tampering with evidence.

Sara Craig is charged with tampering with evidence, obstructing officials business, and receiving stolen property.

All three are scheduled to be arraigned in Meigs County Common Pleas Court on Monday, May 20 at 9:15 a.m.

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