Suspect in coal exec’s death arraigned in West Virginia

An Ohio man has been arraigned in the fatal shooting of former coal executive Bennett Hatfield in southern West Virginia.

Twenty-year-old Anthony R. Arriaga of Delphos, Ohio, appeared Thursday on a first-degree murder charge in Mingo County Circuit Court in Williamson.

He was ordered held without bond pending a preliminary hearing June 3.

The body of the 59-year-old Hatfield was found Monday at the Mountain View Memory Gardens cemetery in nearby Maher where his wife is buried.

Arriaga was arrested Tuesday in Allen County, Ohio, before being returned to West Virginia.

Hatfield resigned last year as president and CEO of Patriot Coal. He was International Coal Group’s CEO when a 2006 explosion at the Sago Mine in northern West Virginia killed 12 miners.

Authorities say they have not determined a motive.

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