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Coal executive’s death probed as homicide

Charleston Gazette-Mail file photo by The Associated Press Coal industry executive Ben Hatfield was found dead in a Mingo County cemetery Monday.
Charleston Gazette-Mail file photo by The Associated Press
Coal industry executive Ben Hatfield was found dead in a Mingo County cemetery Monday.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Bennett K. “Ben” Hatfield, an engineer and longtime coal company executive who worked for Massey Energy and Arch Coal, was found dead from a gunshot wound in a Mingo County cemetery Monday, according to Mingo Prosecuting Attorney Teresa Maynard.

Maynard said Hatfield’s death is being investigated as a homicide.

Mingo Sheriff James Smith told MetroNews that Hatfield’s body was found at about 6:30 a.m. Monday over a hill at Mountain View Memory Gardens, in Maher, outside Williamson.

Hatfield’s wife, Debbie, who died in 2009, is buried at that cemetery, according to her obituary. The couple had been married 25 years when she lost her battle with breast cancer…

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