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Second arrest made in W.Va. slaying

November 17, 1997

Second arrest made in W.Va. slaying

By CLYDE FORD

Staff Writer, Charles Town

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - West Virginia State Police arrested a Charles Town, W.Va., man Monday afternoon on a charge that he drove a murder suspect away from the scene of a shooting on Friday.

Armstead Craig, 18, was being held on $10,000 bond at the Eastern Regional Jail, said Trooper C.C. Wathen.

Craig was charged with being an accessory after the fact to murder, Wathen said.

Craig allegedly drove Warren A. Taylor Jr. from the Elks Club off U.S. 340 south of Charles Town to an address in Ranson, W.Va., after Taylor allegedly shot Kim I. Flynn, 32, of Front Royal, Va., about 2:10 a.m. Friday, Wathen said.

State police charged Taylor, 21, of Apple Tree Gardens in Ranson, with murder in Flynn's death. Taylor is being held without bond at the Eastern Regional Jail.

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"We still haven't ascertained a motive," Wathen said Monday.

Flynn, a self-employed vendor, was in the club when he got into an argument as he was leaving, state police said.

Taylor chased Flynn into the parking lot, according to the charging documents filed in Jefferson County Magistrate Court. Flynn got into the front passenger seat and the driver was leaving the parking lot when several shots were fired, court records said.

One bullet entered the passenger window and struck Flynn in the right shoulder, court records said.

The bullet lodged in his chest. He was driven in the car to Jefferson Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead moments after his arrival.

A preliminary hearing for Taylor is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Thursday in Jefferson County Magistrate Court.

Flynn was described as an energetic young man by the pastor of the Mount Vernon Baptist Church in Front Royal, Va., where his funeral service is scheduled at 1 p.m. today.

"He seemed to be searching, he was trying ... to find himself," said the Rev. Alfred Woods.

Flynn had converted to Islam some time ago, Woods said.

"This gave him a sense of identity and purpose," Woods said.

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