Trial date in sight but not set in 2017 murder case
HUNTINGTON — A man accused of murdering and dismembering the body of a Cabell County mother last year will remain in prison until his trial, which is expected to not happen until 2019.
Argie Lee Jeffers Sr., 74, was indicted on charges of murder and concealment of a deceased human body in connection with the death of Carrie Sowards, whose dismembered body was found Sept. 23, 2017, in the Guyandotte River.
A police investigation led to Jeffers’ home, where forensic evidence implied a “major bloodletting” had occurred.
However, his arrest was not made until months later when a relative of Jeffers told police he helped Jeffers discard of some old buckets into a car wash trash dumpster. Upon looking into the buckets, the relative saw body parts consistent with missing pieces of the found body.
In a request repeated several times, defense attorney Tim Rosinsky asked during a hearing Tuesday for his client to be released from Western Regional Jail on a bond, citing jail conditions.
Cabell Circuit Judge Alfred E. Ferguson denied the request, stating the judicial branch of Cabell County had a meeting with the new administrator for the jail and took a tour of the facility. Former Jail Superintendent K im Wolfe was terminated from his position after authorities said they wanted a “change of direction.”
Ferguson said Tuesday he has received reports that jail conditions had improved under the new administration, but still had several improvements to make.
Rosinsky and Cabell County Prosecutor Sean “Corky” Hammers said they had held a preliminary conference to go over evidence in the case and the defense had since been handed several more CDs containing more evidence. Police are still awaiting crime lab results on a couple of items, as well.
Rosinsky was also granted a $2,000 allowance to pay for a private investigator to look into the case.
Ferguson set a return date of Nov. 8 in the case to set the trial date, which is expected to be set in January, to give Rosinsky time to go over evidence.
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