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Shooting victim was also stabbed

September 09, 1998|By DAVE McMILLION, Charles Town

RANSON, W.Va. - A Shenandoah Junction, W.Va., woman whose body was found in a storage shed here Sunday had been both shot and stabbed, according to Jefferson County Magistrate Court records.

It was not clear how many times Lori Lynn Curry, 24, was stabbed, or where.

Ranson Police Chief William Roper would not comment on the cause of Curry's death pending results of an investigation. Autopsy results were not available Tuesday.

A single-shot shotgun and a knife were recovered from a building at the rear of 100 E. 11th Ave., where Curry's body was found Sunday, according to court records.

Rickey E. Carey, 39, who has been charged with first-degree murder in her death, had been dating Curry, according to Roper.

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"She broke it off with Carey within the last week and had problems with him showing up at her residence displaying a firearm," according to a criminal complaint filed by Ranson Police Sgt. Brian Mason.

When Carey bought a gun recently, Curry did not believe she was in danger, said her mother, Patricia Turner.

Carey and Curry were seen going to the storage building about 30 minutes before two gunshots were heard between 11:45 a.m. and noon Sunday, police said.

Officers checking out a report of gunshots found her body in the storage building behind Carey's family home.

Roper said police were trying to determine what led to the shooting.

Curry, mother of three young children, was separated from her husband, Kevin E. Curry, 30, this year.

During that time, Lori Curry met Carey, of 100 E. 11th Ave., at the Charles Town Wal-Mart, where they both worked briefly.

Although Curry and Carey had dated on and off for about eight months, Curry and her husband had expressed an interest in trying to work out their problems.

Carey, who was being held without bond Tuesday at the Eastern Regional Jail in Martinsburg, W.Va., is expected to appear in magistrate court Monday, Sept. 14, at 2:30 p.m. for a preliminary hearing.

The shooting death marked the first in recent history in Ranson. Roper, who has been with the police department for close to 20 years, said he cannot remember an earlier slaying in town.

Roper said another officer who has been with the department 24 years also could not remember such an event.

Roper said he does not know what has protected the town of 3,200 from the type of violent crime that has touched other Tri-State area towns.

"Blessed by God, I guess," said Roper.

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