A man accused of killing his adopted daughter and shooting his adopted son has pleaded not guilty to the crimes.
At a hearing Thursday morning, Roy Pittman pleaded not guilty to first degree murder, attempted murder, and malicious wounding.
His trial date has been set for January 21.
Pittman's family was in the courtroom during the hearing. They said Pittman has mental problems from a head injury.
Prosecutors said a mental competency exam will likely be ordered at some point.
Pittman will remain in jail until his next hearing.
A man accused of killing his adopted daughter and shooting his adopted son will appear in court Thursday morning.
Roy Pittman will be arraigned in front of Kanawha County Circuit Judge Paul Zakaib. Pittman is charged with first degree murder, attempted murder, and malicious wounding in connection to a shooting near Charleston, WV.
The shooting happened on May 24 at their home on Keystone Drive.
Deputies said Pittman shot his 15-year-old daughter, Brittany, in the chest after a family argument. He then shot his 18-year-old son, Matthew, in the leg, deputies said.
When authorities arrived on scene, Pittman shot himself in the face. He spent weeks in the hospital recovering, and was arrested in June when he was released.
Brittany was a student at Capital High School. Family members said she was buried in Parkersburg, where her biological mother was also buried.
Pittman is one of 25 people scheduled to be arraigned on Thursday.
Shaquille Burton, the man accused of shooting another man near the Charleston Town Center Mall, will also appear in court. Burton will be arraigned on malicious wounding and wanton endangerment charges. Police said Burton shot Terrance Bonner in the arm in June.
Joseph Karnas will be arraigned on a malicious wounding charge after he beat up his ex-wife, according to authorities. Police said they responded to Roadside Park on the 1400 block of MacCorkle Avenue in reference to an assault in June.
When officers arrived, they found a woman with severe injuries to her face. The woman told police her ex-husband, Karnas, hit her multiple times in the face. The victim had a red, swollen face, police said. She went to CAMC General for treatment.
A bizarre child abuse case is also scheduled on the docket for Thursday.
Meleny Kranwinkle will be arraigned on a felony child neglect charge.
Charleston police said the incident started after they got a 911 phone call from a man in New York in June. The man said his children were being held hostage in Charleston.
He told police someone was texting him violent pictures of his 4-month-old-baby. He said in the pictures, someone was holding a knife to the baby's throat and there appeared to be blood on the baby's clothes.
It turns out the baby's aunt, Cecile, was the one sending to the pictures to her sister's ex. Police went to the women's Lancaster Avenue apartment for a well-being check.
Police said of the kids in the house were safe, including the baby. After interviewing the women, they found the disturbing pictures on Cecile's cell phone.
The pictures turned out to be staged.
Arraignments will begin at 9:30 a.m.