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Two indicted in connection with W.Va. shooting

September 20, 2000

Two indicted in connection with W.Va. shooting



By DAVE McMILLION / Staff Writer, Charles Town


CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Two people were indicted by a Jefferson County grand jury Wednesday in the shooting of a man on East North Street in June, according to court records.

John Samuel Leigh, also known as Tracey Johnson, was indicted on three counts of malicious assault, three counts of attempted murder of the first degree, three counts of wanton endangerment involving a firearm and three counts of shooting at another person in a city, according to Jefferson County Circuit Court records.

Candace Crim was indicted on the same charges with the exception of that of malicious assault, for which she was indicted on two counts, records showed.

Police said they believe Charles William Johnson, 29, of Route 5, Martinsburg, was shot twice in the parking lot of Marware Apartments and two more times after he collapsed in a lawn across the street at 502 E. North Street.

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Johnson, who survived the attack, and another man became involved in an argument over a woman when the shooting occurred, police have contended.

Police initially issued a warrant for Leigh, 25, of 2113 Brewton St. in District Heights, Md. The warrant charged Leigh with malicious wounding, wanton endangerment with a firearm and discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling, said Charles Town Police Chief Mike Aldridge.

Additional warrants were later issued for Michael Lewis Hendricks, 27, of 1305 Rural Crest, Martinsburg, Robert L. Breeden, 45, of Fox Glen and Crim, 24, of 617 N. Queen St. in Martinsburg, according to Jefferson County Magistrate Court records.

Hendricks and Breeden were charged with the warrants with accessory after the fact to malicious wounding . The warrant for Crim charged her with being anaccessory before the fact to malicious wounding, according to court records.

Breeden and Hendricks were charged with accessory after the fact to malicious wounding, according to Charles Town Police Officer Steve Harris.

Hendricks was being held in the Eastern Regional Jail and Breeden was free on bond.

Police were still looking for Leigh and Crim.

Police alleged Leigh and Breeden buried the gun used in the June 31 shooting in a yard at Breeden's house, according to a criminal complaint filed in Magistrate Court.

A search of Breeden's property turned up a 9 mm gun in a garden, the complaint alleged.

Breeden then allegedly took Leigh and another person to a motel in the Martinsburg area, the complaint said.

Hendricks allegedly drove the shooter to East North Street, "watched the offender shoot Charles Johnson, then drove him from the scene to a residence in Fox Glen," according to the complaint.

Crim allegedly became involved in an argument with Johnson, which led to his shooting, according to court records.

Crim called Leigh, who is her boyfriend, and requested that he come to East North Street, according to court records.

Crim was advised to be present during the shooting, court records said. Crim drove to Martinsburg, abandoned a rental car and got a ride to Fox Glen to meet her boyfriend, court records said. Crim and her boyfriend went to a Martinsburg motel to avoid detection, according to criminal complaint.

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