WILLIAMSON, W.Va. — The trial of the second of two men accused in the 2016 fatal shooting of a West Virginia coal executive has been delayed.
News outlets report that the murder trial for 20-year-old Brandon Lee Fitzpatrick, of Kentucky, was pushed last week from Nov. 13 to Dec. 4 to allow attorneys time to receive and process transcripts from the trial of 22-year-old Anthony Raheem Arriaga.
Authorities say 59-year-old Bennett K. Hatfield was visiting his wife’s gravesite when he was shot in May 2016. Prosecutors say the men killed Hatfield as part of a scheme to steal his vehicle and sell its parts. Hatfield had resigned in 2015 as Patriot Coal’s president and CEO.
Arriaga was convicted last month of first-degree murder, robbery and conspiracy, and sentenced to life in prison.