NJ man busted in triple murder: Cops ‘probably won’t even pursue charges’
A former Pennsville man wanted for a triple murder in West Virginia and thought to be in New Jersey was arrested in Chester County, Pennsylvania, early Tuesday morning.
The Journal newspaper reported three bodies were found at Valley High Timber Farm in Great Cacapon on Monday, all dead from gunshot wounds. Morgan County Sheriff Vincent Shambaugh told the newspaper the shootings were over "a property dispute over some firewood, or something of that nature."
A manhunt for Shute was started, stretching from West Virginia to New Jersey; Pennsville Police issued an alert on their Facebook page.
According to a Facebook post on his account that has since been deleted but posted on the Facebook page RESQ WV, Shute claimed the shooting was in self defense.
"I talked to a cop and he even agreed this is an open-and-shut case of self defense, and that they probably won't even pursue charges. I am just waiting to talk to the prosecutor. I have nothing to hide," Shute wrote.
He claimed that "these guys stole over $20,000 of oir stuff (sp) and sold it for drugs" and that they tampered with a brake line.
Police said more information about the incident would be released on Tuesday.