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Murder attempts charged in indictment of W.Va. man

April 19, 2000|By DAVE McMILLION, Charles Town

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A Berkeley County man charged with shooting his wife in the Happy Creek subdivision last month was indicted by a Jefferson County grand jury Wednesday.

Ricky D. Smith Sr. was indicted on charges of malicious assault, two counts of first-degree attempted murder, two counts of wanton endangerment involving a firearm, domestic battery and domestic assault, according to Jefferson County Circuit Court records.

Smith, of Route 3, Hedgesville, W.Va., went to his wife's house in the Happy Creek subdivision near Middleway on March 24 and became involved in a disagreement with her, Jefferson County Sheriff's deputies alleged.

As Teresa Smith and her son, Joe Smith, were running toward a neighbor's house, a 12-gauge shotgun was fired at them. Deputies said Smith was hit in the back of the legs with pellets from the shotgun blast.


The woman was treated at Jefferson Memorial Hospital.

In a criminal complaint, Smith said she and her son were chased out of their house by Smith. Teresa Smith alleged her husband threatened to kill her and then himself, according to court records.

Smith was originally being held on a $200,000 bail, but Jefferson County Magistrate Gail Viands-Boober withdrew the bond after a court bailiff alleged Smith told him he would "finish the job" after he got out of jail, Viands-Boober said.

Smith allegedly made the threat while he was at Jefferson County Magistrate Court on March 30 for a preliminary hearing, said Viands-Boober.

Conviction on the malicious assault charge carries a possible prison sentence of two to 10 years; each of the attempted murder charges carries a possible sentence of one to five years; and each of the wanton endangerment charges carries a possible sentence of one to five years.

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