The Latest: Suspect in coal exec slaying waives extradition

WILLIAMSON, W.Va. (AP) — The Latest on the fatal shooting of ex-coal chief executive Bennett Hatfield in southern West Virginia (all times local):

5 p.m.

An Ohio man accused in the fatal shooting of a former coal chief executive has waived his right to an extradition hearing.

Twenty-year-old Anthony Arriaga of Delphos, Ohio, appeared in court Tuesday in Lima (LIME-uh), Ohio, about 12 hours after his arrest on a first-degree murder warrant.

Arriaga is accused in Monday’s shooting of Bennett Hatfield at a southern West Virginia cemetery where his wife is buried.

Municipal Court Chief Deputy Clerk Brenda Benedict says Arriaga signed forms waiving his right to have an extradition hearing. Bond was set at $1 million.

Allen County Sheriff Sam Crish says West Virginia authorities are expected to transport Arriaga back to face charges.


4:30 p.m.

A second man has been arrested in an investigation into an ex-coal executive’s death in West Virginia.

Twenty-year-old Ricky Dean Peterson of Wayne was being held Tuesday at the Western Regional Jail.

Media outlets report Peterson is charged in a criminal complaint with being an accessory after the fact, obstructing and providing false information to an officer.

Bennett Hatfield was found fatally shot at a cemetery Monday. Authorities said Tuesday that Anthony Arriaga was arrested in Ohio on a murder warrant.

The complaint says after Arriaga allegedly went to Peterson’s home before going to Ohio, Peterson told a state trooper he had no knowledge about Arriaga or Hatfield’s death. Two others at the residence allegedly told the trooper that Arriaga had been there and spoke with Peterson.


10 a.m.

A sheriff says a man has been arrested in the death of a former coal company executive found shot at a West Virginia cemetery where his wife is buried.

Mingo County Sheriff James Smith said Tuesday that 20-year-old Anthony Arriaga was being held on a homicide warrant in Allen County, Ohio. Smith says the suspect is being held in Monday’s shooting of 59-year-old Bennett K. Hatfield.

Hatfield resigned in 2015 as president and CEO of Patriot Coal. He was International Coal Group’s CEO when a 2006 explosion in northern West Virginia killed 12 miners.

Smith says Hatfield was fatally shot at Mountain View Memory Gardens, a cemetery in southern West Virginia’s Mingo County.

The sheriff says detectives were interviewing Arriaga and will seek his extradition to West Virginia.

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