CHARLESTON — Gary Allan Terry, 38, of Pecks Mill, faced Kanawha County Magistrate Julie Yeager as he was being charged with murder in the first degree in the death of his wife, Caren Blankenship.
The complaint says the Terry and his wife, Caren Blankenship, the victim, got into an argument at the Rodeway Inn at Chapmanville. During the course of the argument, the defendant pushed the victim causing her to hit her head resulting in a severe head trauma. This injury caused the victim to be transported to Logan Regional Medical Center, then on to Charleston Area Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead at approximately 5:15 p.m. on Sunday.
Reports say Terry is claiming self defense and his mother, who was also in the room, didn’t see what happened. Allegedly, Blankenship’s brother called authorities after he got to the hospital and found Terry’s story had inconsistencies.
If Terry is found guilty of murder in the first degree, he may face life in prison. He is currently being held without bond.