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Trial set for man accused of beating WJU student to death

Updated: Thursday, January 23 2014, 09:50 PM EST

By: Crissy Clutter


The murder trial of a Clewiston, Fla. man accused of beating to death a Wheeling Jesuit University student will begin April 29.

Craig Tyler Peacock was arraigned in Ohio County Circuit Court on a charge of murder on Thursday.

Police say Peacock and Jarret Mathis Chandler, 24, of Winnfield, La., were both somehow involved in the death of Kevin Figaniak, 21, of Perkasie, Pa., a senior at Wheeling Jesuit University.

According to police reports, Peacock, Chandler and another man got into an argument with Figaniak and an unknown friend. Peacock and Chandler then allegedly attacked Figaniak, kicking him in the head.

Chandler faces a lesser charge of involuntary manslaughter.

Court reports also indicate Figaniak’s friend did not want to contact police and may have dropped Figaniak on his head.

Peacock remains in the Northern Regional Jail on $1 million dollars, cash only, bond. Chandler has bonded out.

Peacock will be back in court for a pre-trial hearing at 1:30 p.m. March 21. Chandler’s trial date has not been scheduled.

A medical examiner’s report indicates Figaniak had three serious head injuries that led to his death.

Trial set for man accused of beating WJU student to death

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