Marion County Grand Jury Indicts Three, Including Two 17-Year-Olds, on First-Degree Murder Charges


FAIRMONT, W.Va. — The October session of the Marion County Grand Jury has returned three indictments for first-degree murder, with two of the accused being 17-year-olds.

Zeighshawn Meade, 19, hailing from Fairmont, was apprehended in March on charges related to the fatal shooting of Clayton Peck, 22, from Frostburg, Maryland, during a drug transaction. Court documents initially referred to Meade's accomplice as a "juvenile associate" without disclosing a name.

In addition to Meade’s indictments for Robbery in the First Degree; Murder in the First Degree; and Conspiracy to Commit a Felony, Jayden Cheriza and Illes Williams, both 17 and residents of Fairmont, were indicted on the same charges.

The investigation leading to the arrests revealed that a shoe discovered at the crime scene at the Fairmont Hills Apartment on Cleveland Avenue matched a shoebox found later at Meade’s residence.

Notably, according to residence information provided in the indictment list, Williams resides in the same apartment complex where the tragic incident occurred.

Meade, who was 18 at the time of his arrest, remains incarcerated without bail at the North Central Regional Jail. Bond was denied during a hearing in May, during which his legal representation argued that other males of similar age were present at the scene and fled to Ohio.

As of 5 p.m. on Monday, information regarding the incarceration status of Williams and Cheriza was not available on the West Virginia Department of Corrections website.