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Man goes on trial in boy’s death

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — The trial for a man charged in the 1981 slaying of a 7-year-old boy began with a detective testifying about the defendant’s videotaped confession.

Harrison County Sheriff’s Detective Sgt. Dixon Pruitt testified that defendant William Clyde Jeffries told authorities the killing began with him intending to molest Conrad Roger “C.R.” Diaz. Jeffries said he tricked the victim into going to a wooded area but then they heard voices and “all hell broke loose.”

Police reopened the investigation of Diaz’s death in 2017 and arrested Jeffries the following year. Jeffries, who was 17 at the time of the killing, has pleaded not guilty.

Although most court proceedings in the state have been suspended due to the coronavirus, the case is proceeding to protect Jeffries’ right to speedy trial.

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