Murder Indictment Returned in Elm Grove Robbery

WHEELING – An Ohio County grand jury has charged Melody Fisher with felony murder in connection with an alleged robbery attempt in which her co-conspirator was fatally shot.

Fisher, a 40-year-old Beech Bottom resident, also was indicted on charges of first-degree robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery for her alleged role in the May 25 robbery attempt at the Elm Grove Pharmacy in Wheeling. Fisher was arraigned this morning in Ohio County Circuit Court, where a judge doubled her bond from $100,000 to $200,000.

According to a police report, 37-year-old Kevin Walnoha entered the Elm Grove Pharmacy, jumped behind the counter and demanded prescription pills from a store employee. When Walnoha turned a gun on a second employee who emerged from a back office, the first employee pulled a gun from a store safe and shot Walnoha, who died at the scene.

The pharmacy’s video surveillance shows Fisher in the store less than five minutes prior to Walnoha entering, the report states. Police said Fisher fled the scene after Walnoha was shot and then abandoned the alleged getaway car before returning to Brooke County.

The employee who shot Walnoha was not charged.

Ohio County Prosecutor Scott Smith said a pre-trial hearing for Fisher has been scheduled for Dec. 7 with the trial set Dec. 17. She faces life in prison if convicted on the murder charge.

Fisher, who had been free on bond, was taken back to the Northern Regional Jail in Moundsville after today’s hearing.