Three found guilty in Motel 6 shooting

December 06, 1997

Three found guilty in Motel 6 shooting


Staff Writer

A Washington County Circuit Court jury deliberated two hours Friday before finding an 18-year-old Hagerstown man guilty of attempted second-degree murder in connection with a May 20 shooting at the Hagerstown Motel 6.

Reshen Bathers, formerly of 138 W. North St., was also convicted of attempted armed robbery, a handgun violation and reckless endangerment, according to court records.

Co-defendants Shacore Little, 20, formerly of 55 S. Potomac St., and James Smalls, 20, formerly of 126 High St., were each found guilty of reckless endangerment and attempted armed robbery.


All other more serious charges against Smalls and Little were dismissed by Judge Kennedy Boone after the prosecution's case was completed Friday.

"I expect that sentencing will be soon,'' Boone said Saturday. He said he only ordered a criminal background check on the three men instead of a full pre-sentence investigation.

Initially all three men were each charged with attempted second-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault, attempted armed robbery and use of a handgun in commission of a crime, according to court records.

A fourth defendant, Mandy Louise Nunemaker, 20, of 55 S. Potomac St., is scheduled to stand trial on the same charges on Dec. 15.

Nunemaker was a key witness for the prosecution, testifying she was in the company of the defendants at the motel when the shooting occurred.

After the shots were fired, she said she fled the scene and spent that night at the Days Inn in Williamsport.

The next day, she went to Frederick and registered at the Holiday Inn. She and the defendants were arrested there.

Under questioning by defense attorneys, Nunemaker said that while she knows she could face more than 100 years in prison if convicted of all charges, she understands she will be allowed to plead guilty to 10-year conspiracy charge.

"I knew I'd have to testify no matter what,'' Nunemaker said Thursday. But she admitted she figured a judge might give her a better deal if she testified.

Neither the defendants nor the victim testified in the case which began Wednesday and was heard by a 12-woman jury.

Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Joe Michael handled the prosecution.

Defense lawyers included Mary Riley, attorney for Bathers; Darah Kehnemuyi, attorney for Smalls; and Steve Kessell, attorney for Little.

The victim in the shooting, Steven McCormick, 31, of Crisfield, Md., was shot in the upper chest. He was hospitalized from May 21-30 at Washington County Hospital.

After the shooting, Washington County Sheriff's deputies, Maryland State Police, Hagerstown City Police and an MSP helicopter searched for two black men and a white woman in a rented blue Ford Taurus, said Investigator Roy Harsh of the sheriff's department.

The Taurus was found abandoned in Maugansville the day after the shooting. From there, the trail led police to Frederick.

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