West Virginia woman faces felony murder charge

Crimes and Courts

What was once thought to be a suicide is now being treated as a possible murder.

On August 22, 2017, 39-year-old Terry Lyn Pendergist, Jr. of Haughton, Louisiana was shot inside a hotel room in downtown Wheeling. He later died at a local hospital. 

Officers were initially sent to the hotel for a self-inflicted gunshot wound, but after a thorough investigation, Wheeling Police determined that the crime was a homicide. 

Police now beleive 37-year-old Freda F. Davis was involved. 

Davis, also known as Freda F. Hendricks, of Williamson, West Virginia, has been charged by the Ohio County Circuit Court Grand Jury with the felony offense of murder. 

While the department has pinpointed Davis, there’s currently an obstacle in the way. 

“On unrelated charges, Ms. Davis is currently incarcerated in Kentucky,” explained Wheeling Police Chief Shawn Schwertfeger. “So, we are initiating the extradition process to bring her back to the Ohio Valley to stand trial.” 

Davis is currently being held at the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center without bond on her previous charges including probation violation, persistent felony offender and second-degree escape.

Davis has been serving time at the Kentucky prison since May 17th, 2018. 

Stay with 7News and WTRF.com for any updates. 

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