Boone County man charged with murder

November 29, 2018

SETH, W.Va. - A Seth, West Virginia, man has been charged with murder by the Boone County Sheriff’s Office.

Boone County sheriff’s deputies are investigating the death, which occurred Tuesday along Prenter Road in Boone County.

According to investigators, Ryan Scott Smith, 30, of Seth, attacked the victim, Ronnie Keeney Sr., 51, just after 7 p.m. Tuesday, resulting in Keeney’s death.

Boone County sheriff’s deputies say Smith ambushed Keeney, punching him with his fist one time in the head, causing his death. The incident happened at a residence where the victim had been residing.

“Deputies and troopers were able to take Smith into custody several miles away without incident a short time later,” said Chief Deputy Chad Barker via email. “The arrest was made possible with help from the public.”

The incident is still under investigation.

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