“Cold Justice” team connects with Alumnus John Bord regarding unsolved murder

John Bord

Potomac State College of West Virginia University Alumnus John Bord, who serves as the prosecuting attorney for Taylor County, poses with Kelly Siegler during the recent filming of a cold case in West Virginia.  Siegler is a former prosecutor who currently appears in the TNT real-life drama, Cold Justice.

 “In towns across America, both large and small, there are thousands of unsolved murder cases that have gone cold.  With the right resources, though, it is possible that many of these cold cases can be re-opened and solved, bringing dangerous criminals to justice and providing closure for the families of their victims,” and this, according to the real-life crime show “Cold Justice” website, is exactly what former crime-scene investigator Yolanda McClary and former prosecutor Kelly Siegler have been doing the past two years.

In January of this year, the “Cold Justice” team, from Los Angeles, Calif., contacted Potomac State College (PSC) Alumnus John Bord (Class of 1971), who serves as the prosecuting attorney  in Taylor County, West Virginia, because they were interested in investigating a case from 2012 involving a man who had been shot in the back of the head.  According to Bord, foul play was suspected, but the case was never solved.

The “Cold Justice” team, comprised of 24 individuals, arrived in Grafton on July 16 to set-up. They began filming on July 18 and wrapped up shooting the episode at 10 p.m. on Friday, July 24.  “It was an unbelievable experience, first to be a part of a show of this nature, then to see  how a TV show is actually filmed, how many individuals it takes to make a show, the film time that is required for a show of this nature, and the resources they have at their command,” said Bord.

“Cold Justice” airs on Turner Network Television (TNT) and is produced by Dick Wolf, Dan Cutforth, Jane Lipsitz, and Tom Thayer.  McClary and Siegler reopen unsolved cases with the consent of local law enforcement and as of January 2015, the two have helped local agencies secure 24 arrests, 11 criminal indictments, four confessions, four guilty pleas, and four convictions.  The Taylor County episode of “Cold Justice” is tentatively scheduled to air on Friday, August 28 (check your local listings for correct time and date).

  When asked if they discovered who committed the murder, Bord replied, “I can't say what the end result of their investigation was, but it was good to have a fresh set of eyes, it was very educational, both for myself and the investigator.”    

After leaving Potomac State, Bord attended Washington and Jefferson College in Washington, Pa. where he earned a bachelor’s degree in political science.  He earned his juris doctorate from California Western School of Law in San Diego.

Bord served as the assistant Taylor County Prosecutor from 1985 to 1998, before being elected prosecutor in 1998.  He served as president of the West Virginia Prosecuting Attorneys Association from 2012-2013 and currently holds the position of vice chairman of the West Virginia Prosecuting Attorneys Institute.  He serves as an instructor for the Institute on criminal law as well. 

While a student at the College, Bord served as vice president of the Circle K Club, played on the Catamounts football team and was a member of the ROTC Honor Society.  He was also recognized by Potomac State for achievements on the football field with his induction into the PSC ‘Athletic Hall of Fame’ in 2001. 

As a final thought, Bord had this to say, “Potomac State is a special place for me, you have no idea what memories that little school holds for so many people.”