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increased Hope requirements so Bar Patrons Drank aw O : 11T*» , Says Witness BRANCHLAND, W.Va. (AP) -- A witness who saw » woman beaten to death in a Lincoln County tavern said Wednesday several of the bar patrons stood by drinking their beer while the victim's assailant jumped up and down on her. A man and teen-aged b o y charged with first degree murder were Scestell Toppins Jr., 28, his brother, Ronsford, 24, bom of Midkiff in Lincoln ty, and their cousin, Danie Boone Toppins, 30, of Culloden The three were being held in the Lincoln County Jail pendinj a hearing Saturday. who did attempt to help the 40-j Lester said the tavern year-old woman were them- m e incident occurred is owned selves beaten by the three men charged with the killings, said state police Trooper B. R. Lester of the Hamlin detachment. According to Lester, Doris Abshire was beaten and stomped about 8 p.m. Monday in Walter and Lillian's Tavern on W.Va. 10, one mile south of here! She was then put into a car driven by one of the men charged with her murder, Lester said. "She was in the back seat when I stopped them," said the trooper. "I had been looking for them and when I found t h e m they said they were on the way to the doctor so I followed them to his house." At the house, Dr. G. 0. McClelland of Hamlin said the woman was dead. Wednesday, be said she was brought to his office about 9 p.m. and probably had been dead for about 45 minutes when he examined her. Lester said the woman was a mass of bruises. by a brother of Scestell am Rosford Toppin. "It's about a lowdown a place as you'll fine and the witnesses are a! scared to death/' he said. As he reconstructed th crime, Lester said one of the men allegedly began arguing with Mrs. Abshire -- the er of six children -- and gument escalated into the ing. He said witnesses told the woman while his two panions stood guard. When the man and boy did try to stop him the witnesses said, the man who was Mrs. Abshire halted his attack on her long enough to help friends subdue the would-be resumed jumping up and down on woman, who lay prone on barroom floor. "They had been drinking, mat's for sure," said Lester I Arrested by Lester "But when I arrested and'they gave up meekly.*' them

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  1. Beckley Post-Herald,
  2. 06 Dec 1973, Thu,
  3. Page 19

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