WELCH — Nearly two months after their arrest on charges of first-degree murder, Rebecca Lynn Hatcher and Earl Click remain incarcerated without bond in connection with the death of long-time War Mayor Tom Hatcher.
Police in McDowell County are continuing their investigation into Hatcher’s death, which has been ruled a homicide. The case against his daughter-in-law, Rebecca Hatcher, 31, of War and her brother, Click, 26, of Grundy, Va., may or may not be presented to the October session of the McDowell County Grand Jury.
A spokesperson at the office of Prosecuting Attorn-ey Sid Bell said officials do not know at this point if the investigation will be completed in time to present the case to the October session of the county’s grand jury.
Both Hatcher and Click remain incarcerated in the southern regional jail system without bond, according to court records.
Tom Hatcher, who had served as mayor of war since 1997, was found dead at his residence by city employees on July 17. Investigators allege Rebecca Hatcher and Click stole $1,100 from the mayor before killing him, according to the original criminal complaint against the two.
During a preliminary hearing for the two in July, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Ed Kornish said a plastic bag had been found next to Thomas Hatcher’s head on the bed. Marks on his head were consistent with a struggle. Kornish said suffocation could have been a primary or secondary cause of death along with a heart attack.
Attorneys Keith Flinchum and Thomas Evans are representing Rebecca Hatcher. Click is being represented by Floyd A. Anderson of the McDowell County Public Defender’s Office.
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