UPDATE: Case of Williamstown woman charged with deaths of father, fiancee goes to grand jury

WTAP News @ Noon - Woman waives preliminary hearing for murder charges of father, fiancee
Published: Feb. 28, 2021 at 5:09 PM EST|Updated: Mar. 10, 2021 at 10:37 AM EST
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PARKERSBURG, W.Va.- (WTAP) - A Williamstown woman appeared in Wood County Circuit Court Thursday morning for a status hearing on her murder trial.

Wood County Circuit Court Judge Robert A. Waters rescheduled Hillary Dennison’s murder trial to August 15, 2022.

Dennison is on trial for the shooting deaths of her father and fiancee.


The case of a Williamstown woman charged with the February 28 deaths of her father and fiancee has been referred to the Wood County Grand Jury.

Hillary Dennison Tuesday waived her preliminary hearing, which had been set for Wednesday, March 10.


Previous story: 3/5/2021

WILLIAMSTOWN, W.Va. (WTAP) - A judge in Wood County Circuit Court denied bond Friday morning for a Williamstown woman accused of two counts of murder.

Hillary Dennison, 27, is charged in the shooting deaths of her father, Harold Dennison, and her fiancee, Beau Wasmer, on Feb. 28.

Authorities said the shootings took place in the garage of a home on Sunshine Mountain Road while Harold Dennison and Wasmer were putting up a door frame.

During Friday’s hearing, Hillary Dennison’s attorney argued for bail, saying she has no criminal record and plans to participate in her own defense.

Prosecuting Attorney Pat Lefebure asked Judge Jason Wharton to deny bond for Dennison based on the severity of the case. He said evidence showed a calculated killing in which Hillary Dennison used a 9 millimeter pistol to shoot Harold Dennison. Lefebure said she also fired a second shot that hit and killed Wasmer.

Hillary Dennison has a preliminary hearing scheduled for 1 p.m. Wednesday in Magistrate Robin Waters’ courtroom.

UPDATE: 3/4/2021

A Williamstown woman was arraigned Monday morning and charged with two counts of murder in the deaths of her father and fiance.

According to Wood County Sheriff Steve Stephens, Hillary Dennison, 27, is accused of killing Harold Dennison, 62, and Beau Wasmer, 26, Sunday afternoon at a home in the 1200 block of Sunshine Mountain Road.

Harold Dennison died at the scene and Wasmer died at a hospital, Stephens said.

The initial call to the Wood 911 center was for a nail-gun malfunction that had injured two people, authorities said.

Stephens said that when detectives arrived at the home they found no evidence of a nail-gun explosion.

According to a criminal complaint in Wood County Magistrate Court, Hillary Dennison admitted in an interview that she intentionally fired a gun at her father that resulted in the deaths of both men.

Because the charge is a capitol offense, Hillary Dennison remains in jail pending a bond hearing in Wood County Circuit Court.

Original post 2/28/21

The deaths of two people are being investigated by the Wood County Sheriff’s Department Sunday evening.

Authorities said one subject died at a residence on Sunshine Mountain Road and the other died at Marietta Memorial Hospital after being taken there by an ambulance.

No other information was made immediately available.

We’ll keep you updated as we learn more.

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