Murder indictment handed down

WHEELING – An Ohio County grand jury Monday indicted Craig Tyler Peacock, 22, of Clewiston, Fla., for murder in the Sept. 1 death of former Wheeling Jesuit University senior Keven Figaniak.

Figaniak, 21, died of head injuries allegedly suffered during a Labor Day weekend altercation with Peacock and 24-year-old Jarrett Mathis Chandler.

Ohio County Prosecutor Scott Smith said Chandler, of Winnfield, La., was charged with misdemeanor involuntary manslaughter through a bill of information Monday in Ohio County circuit court.

Peacock remains at the Northern Regional Jail at Moundsville under a $1 million cash bond. Smith said he did not know the status of Chandler, who also was being held under $1 million bond.

During Peacock’s Sept. 12 preliminary hearing, a Wheeling detective testified that Figaniak and another WJU student were returning to campus from a Carmel Road bar late Aug. 31 when they encountered Peacock, Chandler and a third man, Tyler Witty – who has not been charged with a crime – outside an Edgington Lane establishment.

A verbal argument reportedly ensued, leading Peacock, Chandler and Witty to follow Figaniak and his friend onto Locust Avenue. Figaniak’s friend, who police said was intoxicated and provided a short, barely legible written statement, reportedly told investigators he was either punched or thrown to the ground.