WJU student death trial to be continued

WHEELING – First Judicial Circuit Judge James Mazzone on Tuesday vacated the April 29 murder trial date of Craig Tyler Peacock at the request of defense attorney Robert McCoid.

McCoid asked the court for the continuance to accommodate the availability of an expert witness needed for the defense’s case. Attorneys for both sides agreed to return April 30 for a pre-trial conference to determine a new trial date.

Also at Tuesday’s hearing, McCoid introduced Laura Wakim Chapman of the Paul Harris law firm in Wheeling, as his co-counsel in the case

Peacock, 22, of Clewiston, Fla., is charged with murder in the Aug. 31 death of Wheeling Jesuit student Kevin Figaniak, 21, of Perkasie, Pa.

Court documents show Figaniak and another Wheeling Jesuit student were walking back to campus late Aug. 31 when they encountered Peacock, Jarrett Chandler, 24, of Winnfield, La., and an unidentified third man, who has not been charged.

An argument ensued, leading Peacock, Chandler and the other man to follow Figaniak and his friend onto Locust Avenue, where a fight occurred.

During the scuffle, Chandler punched Figaniak in the face, causing him to fall. Peacock then allegedly kicked Figaniak in the side of the head, which police believe caused his death.