JACKSON- The young man accused of shooting and killing his older brother on June 8, 2011, will have to wait a little longer for his day in court.
Dakota Dunaway, 20, of State Route 93 in Oak Hill, was supposed to be in the midst of his trial this week, from Monday, Feb. 13, to Friday, Feb. 17, but the trial was continued to a later date that has not been established at this time. The reason for the postponement was not announced.
According to information received from the Jackson County Sheriff's Office about the day of the incident, a family altercation ultimately led Dakota Dunaway to grab a 12 gauge shotgun and shoot Matthew J. Dunaway, 25, at close range. Matthew Dunaway was transported to Holzer Medical Center-Jackson where he later died from his injuries.
The shooting reportedly happened at 11:53 p.m. and by 12:29 a.m. the house had been secured so the Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation (BCI) could process the scene.
Dunaway was originally charged with Aggravated Murder and bond was set at $1 million, 10 percent cash or full surety. When he was indicted by the Grand Jury, however, the aggravated murder charge was dismissed, and a voluntary manslaughter charge put in place. It too, is a first degree felony, but there are more variances for punishment than the murder charge.
His bond was modified to $25,000, 10 percent cash or full surety, which was posted on his behalf.
It is unclear as to when his next trial dates will be established.