According to the Wheeling News Register, "an extensive petition and letter writing campaign was waged by many prominent local citizens to persuade Moore to commute the sentence." The result was a three-page, single-spaced petition "with hundreds of signatures, dozens of letters were sent to Moore from Ohio and Marshall County residents, Catholic church priests and nuns, businessmen and others. McKenzie, who also served as a former Wheeling police chief and Ohio County sheriff." So, Moore granted clemency and, later, the murder was expunged from Blake's record. Now, the News Register reports"
As a result, on Oct. 17, 1984, 13-year-old Maryann Hope Helmbright was raped and shot to death in Wheeling—and if the Belmont County prosecutor proves his case, the March 19, 1982 murder of Mark Withers, 21, of Lansing, also will be attributed to Blake.See full story here.