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1 Charge Dismissed Against W.Va. State Trooper, Domestic Battery Remains

Updated: Nov 18, 2021

One of two charges involving a West Virginia State Police trooper has been dismissed.

State Police Trooper James Bradford Fox was initially arrested after an alleged domestic disturbance on October twenty-first in Pineville.

The criminal complaint in Wyoming County Magistrate Court alleged the disturbance happened on Bearhole Road.

According to the complaint, Fox and a woman were arguing on the porch of the residence when Pineville Police arrived. Fox stated he was there to fight a man that wouldn’t come out of the house.

“He then stated that he never touched anyone because the male would not come out,” wrote responding Pineville Police Capt. Kevin Smith.

The woman at the residence said Fox has persisted with phone calls and continues to show up at the residence since the two broke off a relationship. She stated Fox pushed her and refused to leave.

A second man at the residence seemed to back up the woman’s story.

Another witness contradicted earlier statements and said the woman opened the door and pushed Fox

Fox was later charged with domestic battery and burglary.

The case was transferred from Wyoming County to Fayette County and on Monday a magistrate did not find probable cause to move forward with the case for burglary

Fayette County Magistrate Richard Pennell was appointed to hear the case and Raleigh County Assistant Prosecutor Brian Parsons was appointed as special prosecutor.

Parsons has the option to bring the burglary charge to grand jury in Wyoming County, but it is currently unknown what Parsons may do.

Fox remains free on bond and is still on administrative leave pending the results of criminal and internal investigations.



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