Man accused of murder found competent

Published 9:24 am Thursday, September 3, 2015

A Chesapeake man facing a first-degree felony charge of aggravated murder pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity in Lawrence County Common Please Court in July, although on Wednesday that was determined not to be the case.

In May, William K Elkins, Sr., 54, of 3494 County Road 31, allegedly returned home and found his friend, Ricky L. Crager, 57, of South Point, with his wife where an argument ensued. That was allegedly by Elkins pulling out a small caliber handgun and proceeding to shoot Crager twice in the chest. Elkins then allegedly threatened his wife with the gun.

Wednesday morning, Elkins and his attorney Mike Davenport received news from Judge Charles Cooper that the state-issued evaluation came back in which the requirements for an insanity plea were not met. Elkins was then admitted to an independent competence evaluation. The next pretrial has not yet been set.