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Hearing postponed for man charged in W.Va. shootings

June 21, 2000|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A preliminary hearing scheduled for Wednesday for a man charged with shooting his niece and her boyfriend was postponed until September.

Antonio Digirolamo, 55, of 307 South Rosemont Ave., Martinsburg, has been charged with shooting Michelina Digirolamo, 30, of 29 Capitol Drive, Martinsburg, and Jason Rocheleau, 20, of High Point, N.C., on Saturday.

Police said the shootings may have been over a custody dispute involving Michelina Digirolamo's children.

According to a criminal complaint filed by Martinsburg Police, Antonio Digirolamo told police he does not remember shooting Michelina Digirolamo and Rocheleau.

Michelina Digirolamo, who was shot once in the abdomen and once in the breast, was listed in satisfactory condition at City Hospital in Martinsburg Wednesday evening.

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Rocheleau, who was shot once in the neck, was in [XX] condition Wednesday evening at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Virginia.

Antonio Digirolamo appeared in Berkeley County Magistrate Court Wednesday afternoon in an orange jail outfit and handcuffs.

He is being represented by the county public defender's office.

By law, Digirolamo was entitled to have a preliminary hearing on the charges within 10 days. On Wednesday, he waived the time limit.

Magistrate Harold E. Darlington reset the hearing for Sept. 7.

Afterwards, Digirolamo declined to comment on his case.

The charges against Digirolamo are two counts of malicious wounding and two counts of wanton endangerment. He is being held in the Eastern Regional Jail on $150,000 bail.

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