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UPDATE: Competency Hearing Called for in Weirton Murder Case

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A Weirton man accused of murdering a woman and hiding her body in a closet will not go on trial until a competency evaluation is completed.

On Tuesday, Leslie Arnold Jr.'s attorney filed a motion to delay the beginning of Arnold's murder trial until the evaluation was completed. However, Arnold will go on trial on April 1 on charges of robbery in the first degree and possession of firearm. The competency evaluation was ordered to be completed by the April 1 trial.


A Weirton man charged with murdering a woman back in December will soon know when his case will go to trial.

Police say Leslie Arnold Jr. murdered 51-year-old Tanya Garan. Back in December of 2013, the Weirton Police Department responded to a call that a woman had been robbed at gunpoint and the suspect had also allegedly stolen her vehicle. Officers were able to identify the suspect as  Arnold after interviewing several people in the area.

When officers searched Arnold's residence at Overbook Towers on Cove Road in Weirton, they reportedly discovered Garan's body concealed inside.

Arnold is also facing charges for armed robbery and possession of a firearm.

(Original Story: Police Find Woman's Body in Armed Robbery Suspects' Apartment)