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Recently Paroled West Virginia Man Admitted He Shot a Woman at the Head with a Rifle and Threw Her Body Down a Deep Well: Sheriff’s Office

Michael Wayne Smith is charged with first-degree murder at the death of Cheyenne Johnson, a 35-year-old Cottageville, West Virginia woman.

According to police, Johnson was seen close Cottageville on Thursday, April 29. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office said it got a suggestion from a person who claimed to have overheard a person talking about killing Johnson.
The tipster was identified with WCHS as Virginia Smith, the defendant’s girlfriend.
The girl, seemingly scared of losing her children, finally confessed she knew Michael Smith and knew where Johnson’s body was located.
From here, police interviewed the murder suspect and stated they extracted a confession. Smith allegedly confessed he took Johnson in the head with a gun after some kind of dispute over a vehicle. Smith claimed Johnson stole his girlfriend’s vehicle on Thursday and came back to their own home with the vehicle the following morning, before noon.
The suspect allegedly asserted that Johnson and his girlfriend had a confrontation that escalated into a knife assault. According to WHCS, Smith claimed he took Johnson after in the head with a gun after he failed to disarm her of this knifethen threw the woman’s body a well:
Michael Smith told the prosecution that the argument escalated and Johnson pulled out a knife and started attacking Virginia Smith. The complaint said Michael Smith stated he tried to get the knife away from Johnson numerous times and repeatedly pushed and struck her to make her stop, but she kept coming after him. The complaint said he told the detective he then pulled a gun in the vehicle and took Johnson in the head, killing her.

“Mr. Smith was released from jail on April 15 and was on parole,” police noted.
After Johnson was reported lost over the weekend, Facebook users started sharing an image urging anyone with information to contact the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office or the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office. Johnson was a Jackson County resident. Her body had been found near Sissonville, and it is currently in Kanawha County.

“The entire body located in the deep water well was recovered and identified through tattoos belonging to Cheyenne Johnson.
Deputies held a media conference on Monday to declare the major development in the circumstance.
Jess Johnson, the victim’s father, stated in a Facebook article that Michael Smith is a”low life piece of garbage” and noticed that Smith had been released from prison.
“This is so hard for me, but I need everyone who messaged me love and type comments, Cheyenne was located early this morning and as reported had been murdered. The very low life piece of garbage that did so for my lovely daughter was arrested and back from prison, where he had been released on the 15th of April. There was not any reason for some of this,” he said. “Now she is with her Mom and sister and I pray they’re rejoicing.”
In a post on Cheyenne Johnson’s Facebook page, Jess Johnson stated his daughter’s departure shortly followed the passing of another loved one:”Cheyenne you have been my Baby Girl. I can’t believe anyone can do exactly what they did for you. You’ve been a kind spirit, always willing to help someone. It has not been 5 months that we dropped Ciara. Today you will combine your Mother and Sis in paradise. I hope it is an excellent reunion. I am hoping to join you all one day as my time is finished. Just know you’re forever in my soul and my love for you has no ending….RIP BABY GIRL…”

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