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Man charged with W.Va. shooting out on bond

September 20, 2000

Man charged with W.Va. shooting out on bond



By BOB PARTLOW / Staff Writer, Martinsburg


MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg man charged in the shooting death last week of Steven Ray Post of Inwood was released on $100,000 bond late Monday by Circuit Judge David Sanders.

Terry Lee Edwards, Jr. was charged last week with second-degree murder after Post was shot to death at Edwards' home at 425 E. Race St.

Magistrate Sandra Miller had forgotten to set bond last week, said Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Games-Neely.

Edward's attorney Kevin Mills said he asked for bond because Edwards has strong community ties and because the defense presented a theory of the shooting that included the possibility it was an accident or in self-defense.

He said Edwards was released on $50,000 personal recognizance bond and $50,000 property bond.

"We didn't oppose that," Games-Neely said. "He had no prior criminal history. We have no other issue with him. He signed an extradition paper agreeing to be extradited from anywhere. And the bond was secured with a house, so his family will lose the house if he doesn't appear."

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She dismissed Mills' suggestion the judge was swayed by arguments made for Edwards' innocence.

"That had nothing to do with it," she said. "He didn't take that into consideration at all."

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