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Supreme Court Denies Appeal of Clarksburg Man on Murder Charges in Cold Case Killing Back in 1981

By Connect-Bridgeport Staff on January 17, 2022 via Connect-Bridgeport.com

WBOY recently reported that the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals issued 75 short, or memorandum, decisions this week. Included in those, were decisions on four high-profile criminal cases from Harrison, Marion and Taylor counties, some spanning back decades.
 
One case involves William Clyde Jeffries, who, after a 38-year investigation, was convicted, in 2020, of killing 7-year-old Conrad Roger “C.R.” Diaz, in 1981. Lawyers for Jeffries appealed his conviction on the basis that investigators got statements from Jeffries, prior to charging him with the boy’s murder, that helped lead to his conviction.
 
Jeffries’ lawyers’ argument was that because Jeffries is “of lowering intellectual functioning,” he did not understand that he did not have to talk to the investigators. With that in mind, Jeffries attorneys asked the Harrison County Circuit Court judge to suppress those statements at his trial.
 
The Supreme Court justices found “no clear error in the circuit court’s finding that Mr. Jeffries statement was voluntarily given.”
 
Jeffries is serving his sentence in the Saint Marys Correctional Center.
 
His next parole hearing is set for February 2023, with his projected release date listed as February 2027.
 
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