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July 27, 2013

Murder suspect arrested in county: VIDEO

Four dead in what is believed to be a drug deal gone bad in Clarksburg

FAIRMONT — A man charged with the murders of four Harrison County men was arrested Friday morning in Marion County and arraigned Friday evening at Marion County Magistrate Court.

Sidney Arthur Muller, 27, of 7003 Scenic View Drive, Fairmont, is believed to have shot and killed two men in a drug deal gone wrong before going on to shoot and kill a father and son delivering newspapers. He was charged with four counts of first-degree murder.

According to the criminal complaint, Muller went to the residence of Christopher A. Hart at 743 Locust Ave. in Clarksburg around 4 a.m. Friday to confront Hart and Todd Russell Amos about a large sum of money allegedly owed to Muller from past drug deals.Conversation reportedly turned to argument, and Hart allegedly pulled a handgun, a 9mm Beretta, on Muller. Before it was fired, Muller is believed to have knocked the gun from Hart’s hand and picked it up himself.

Hart was shot in the right side of the head, while Amos was shot twice in the face, the complaint said. When police and deputy sheriffs arrived at the scene around 4:30 a.m., Amos was pronounced dead.

Hart was injured and died on the way to the hospital. The complaint says he “told his mother that he and Todd Amos had been shot by Muller for no reason” before succumbing to the gunshot wound.

After leaving the residence following the shooting, Muller reportedly encountered Freddy Donald Swiger, 70, and his 47year-old son Fred Swiger, delivering newspapers for the

Clarksburg Exponent-Telegram,

for which the two men had worked as contractors for more

than 30 years, according to

Exponent-Telegram President Brian Jarvis.

Muller allegedly shot both men fatally at the scene.

“They were extremely nice, loyal, and cared very deeply about their customers,” Jarvis said in a statement released to the press. “Their customers cared very deeply about them from the calls already this morning. They built a connection with people that was unique and special in every regard.

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