Police have charged Aaron Portis, 38, with the brutal murder of Deborah Dalton, 51
BECKLEY - A Beckley community can be at peace Sunday knowing the man accused of brutally murdering Deborah Dalton on August 19th is now behind bars. 59News was the only station when Aaron Portis was arrested Saturday night. Here he is seen during the perp walk and sitting in court to be arraigned. A close friend of Deborah's told 59News what he thinks of someone who could commit a crime like this.
"This guy is a lunatic. He should not have put his hands on this woman to begin with," close friend of Deborah, Joshua Marshall said. This is where the lifeless body of Deborah Dalton was found. A source close to the investigation told us Dalton was shot twice inside of her car. They said she was then placed underneath the car and was driven down the hill with her body still underneath.
Although it's never easy to get over the death of a close friend, Marshall said now with Portis behind bars, her friends and family can rest easier. "It's a good thing, it really is. People can come outside and kick back and relax and have peace of mind," he said. Through the execution of a search warrant on Mr. Portis' home, cocaine and marijuana were found. Portis along with Brandon Burdette were charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.
Marshall told us how much Dalton will be missed. "She's really missed. Debbie was good people. I love her and I miss her. She's loved, she really is loved," Marshall said. Both Portis and Burdette are being held in Southern Regional Jail. Portis is facing first degree murder charges. He's expected to be sat down in front of a Circuit Court Judge in Raleigh County, some time next
State Police have made an arrest in the murder of a Lanark woman whose body was found Aug. 19 under a car in Harper Heights, according to a press release. The release reported that Aaron Portis of Beckley was charged Saturday for the death of Deborah Dalton, 51. The state medical examiner had said an autopsy showed that she had been shot twice.
State Police earlier said they believed the murder was drug-related. A search warrant was executed at Portis’ home, according to the release, which did not provide any details about how police connected the suspect to Dalton’s death.
The release did say that the search discovered cocaine and marijuana at the house and that Portis and a second man, Brandon Burdette, were charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.
Both men have been remanded to Southern Regional Jail to await arraignment.
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