Update: All suspects in Yeager death have entered guilty pleas

Published: Mar. 24, 2021 at 3:47 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 30, 2021 at 3:59 PM EDT
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PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - Sentencing of Dominic McClung for the 2019 murder of Karen Yeager, means the cases against all of the suspects in the fatal stabbing have been resolved.

A second defendant, Michael Leadmon, was sentenced in late 2019 to 40 years in prison.

Two other suspects, Eric Dillon and Tyler Jenkins, also recently entered guilty pleas.

Dillon pleaded guilty to the charge of being an accessory after the fact, and Jenkins entered a guilty plea to transferring stolen property.

Both got one-year sentences, although Wood County Prosecutor Pat Lefebure says Jenkins’ sentence was suspended and he was instead granted probation.


Updated: 4/29/2021

Dominic McClung is sentenced to life in prison for the September, 2019 death of 68-year old Karen Yeager.

At his sentencing Thursday afternoon, McClung also got 1-5 years for concealment of a human body.

McClung previously said he and Michael Leadmon-currently serving a sentence for Yeager’s death-went to Yeager’s home to commit a robbery.

Prosecutor Pat Lefebure, however, told the court Thursday McClung more likely was intent on killing Yeager, calling him a “hit man”.

We’ll have more on McClung’s sentencing on our evening newscasts, and at


Update: March, 2021

Dominic McClung entered guilty pleas this afternoon in Wood County Circuit Court to two counts, in the September, 2019 death of a Parkersburg woman.

McClung admitted in court to stabbing Karen Yeager to death during a robbery at her Parkersburg home, and leaving her body underneath the Fifth Street Bridge.

McClung said he and others went to the Yeager home to commit a robbery.

“Me and Michael Leadmon were robbing a house, and out of fear, he grabbed her and I stabbed her,” McClung told Judge Jason Wharton Wednesday.

Leadmon, was sentenced in 2019 on related charges. Charges against two others are pending.

McClung said several items, including two guns, a computer and jewelry were taken from the home. Leadmon said the same at his plea hearing in October, 2019.

McClung, who also pled guilty to concealment of a deceased human body, faces sentencing April 29. He could get life in prison, with the opportunity for parole after serving 15 years.

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