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Ranson man faces charge in slaying

September 08, 1998|By KERRY LYNN FRALEY

RANSON, W.Va. - A Ranson, W.Va., man suspected in the fatal shooting of a Shenandoah Junction, W.Va., woman Sunday morning was taken into custody around midnight Sunday after police spotted his car in Shepherdstown, W.Va., according to Ranson Police Chief William Roper.

Rickey Carey, 39, of 100 E. 11th Ave., was charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of Lori Lynn Curry, 24, Roper said.

Curry was found dead in a storage building behind 100 E. 11th Ave., Carey's family home, by police checking out reported gunshots, he said.

Carey and Curry had been dating on and off for six to eight months before the shooting, Roper said.

Carey was located after a joint stop by a Shepherdstown Police officer and a West Virginia trooper at the intersection of W.Va. 45 and 480, he said.

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Carey was being held without bond at Eastern Regional Jail in Martinsburg, W.Va., jail officials said this morning.

The shooting happened between 11:45 a.m. and noon Sunday, he said.

Carey was seen coming out of the storage building after two gunshots were heard, Roper said.

According to a witness, Carey got into a tan Toyota Corolla and left, he said.

Curry was found dead inside when police arrived, Roper said.

According to witnesses, Carey and Curry went into the building together about a half hour before the shots were heard, he said.

An autopsy was being performed in Morgantown, W.Va., on Monday to determine the exact cause of death and confirm the number of gunshots, Roper said.

A 12-gauge shotgun and one spent shell were among evidence recovered at the scene, he said.

An all-points-bulletin was issued for Carey, and Jefferson County police authorities pooled efforts with Maryland authorities in an intense search, Roper said.

Maryland police checked Carey's aunt's home in Brunswick, Md., where he was known to stay, he said.

Carey had been working at Wal-Mart in Charles Town, W.Va., until recently, Roper said.

Curry, who had three children, was involved in a divorce, he said.

While the evidence points to the two being alone in the storage shed, police were still piecing together what happened, and it would be premature to speculate on a motive, Roper said.

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