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Woman's body found in Charles Town hotel, man charged

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- A Charles Town man has been charged in the death of his girlfriend, whose body was found in a Jefferson County hotel room.

Media outlets reported 42-year-old Matthew Lee Gilbert was arraigned on a second-degree murder charge Thursday in Jefferson County Magistrate Court.

Police said a hotel worker found the body of 37-year-old Ann M. Pennington under a bed Thursday morning. Her body has been sent to a medical examiner for an autopsy.

Court records show Gilbert indicated he checked into the hotel Sunday to spend time with Pennington before he was to start serving a 90-day jail sentence, and the two were involved in an altercation that evening. Gilbert is being held without bond in the Eastern Regional Jail pending a Dec. 12 preliminary hearing.



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