Dozens indicted by Wood County grand jury

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - A man accused in the death of his neighbor in June and a man suspected in a series break-ins in Vienna in early August were among more than 70 people indicted by a Wood County grand jury, according to the county prosecuting attorney's office.

Chester Lilly III, 32, of Parkersburg, was indicted on a murder charge in the killing of Travis Peters, 40. He is also accused of failing to register a sex offender.

Police said Lilly stabbed Peters multiple times during an argument. Peters' body was found on the ground next to his home on the 2800-block of Avery Street.

Lilly, who lived across the street from Peters, is being held without bond in the North Central Regional Jail.

The grand jury also indicted Jacob Helmick-Williams, 23, on three counts of breaking and entering an automobile, burglary, attempted burglary, breaking and entering and entering without breaking.

He allegedly committed a series of crimes in August that included breaking into a home on Forest Hills Drive in Vienna. During that incident, police said the homeowner fired a gunshot into the air after forcing Helmick-Williams to leave the residence.

He is being held without bond in the North Central Regional Jail.

You can find a complete list of the September grand-jury indictments by clicking on the "related link" to the right of this article.