Inmate convicted of murder dies at Mount Olive

A spokesman for the West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety says Elijah Jarvey Marcum, 23, of Wayne was pronounced dead Saturday, Nov. 24, at the facility. (West Virginia Regional Jail)

An inmate convicted of murder recently died at Mount Olive Correctional Complex in Fayette County after he hanged himself in his cell, officials said.

Elijah Jarvey Marcum, 23, of Wayne was pronounced dead Saturday, Nov. 24, at the facility, according to Lawrence Messina, spokesman for the West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety.

Marcum was found in his cell in need of medical attention and staff responded immediately, Messina said. Marcum was taken to the infirmary and was pronounced dead about an hour after he was discovered.

“While a report from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner remains pending, all evidence identified so far shows the inmate hanged himself,” Messina said.

Marcum was sentenced to life with mercy on a first-degree murder charge in July 2016 for the stabbing death of James “Red” Bundy, 77, at his Wayne County home in November 2014. Bundy’s wife also was stabbed, but survived.

Jeremy Marcum and Melissa Watts were two other suspects charged in the murder.

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