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Second W.Va. shooting suspect turns herself in

September 27, 2000

Second W.Va. shooting suspect turns herself in



By DAVE McMILLION / Staff Writer, Charles Town


CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The last of two suspects police sought in the shooting of a man on East North Street in June turned herself into police Tuesday night, according to Charles Town Police.

Candace Crim, 24, of 617 N. Queen St. in Martinsburg, turned herself in to police at the city police department on Liberty Street at about 9:30 p.m., Officer Steve Harris said.

Crim had been staying in Cumberland, Md., Harris said.

Crim was wanted in the shooting of Charles William Johnson, 29, of Route 5, Martinsburg. Johnson was shot twice in the parking lot of Marware Apartments and two more times after he collapsed on a lawn across the street at 502 E. North St.

John Samuel Leigh, also known as Tracey Johnson, was arrested Monday in the 200 block of English Street in Martinsburg by Martinsburg Police, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

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Leigh, 25, of 2113 Brewton St., District Heights, Md., also was wanted on other charges in the shooting.

While at the police department in Martinsburg Monday, police checked Leigh's pants pockets and found a plastic baggie containing suspected cocaine, according to allegations in court records.

Leigh was charged with possession with intent to deliver crack cocaine, records said.

Leigh and Crim were indicted by a Jefferson County grand jury last week in the shooting of Johnson.

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.

Crim was indicted on the same charges except she was only charged with two counts of malicious assault, records showed.

Crim was being held in the Eastern Regional Jail on $50,000 bond and Leigh was being held there on $100,000 bond, police said.

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

Police initially issued a warrant for Leigh.

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

Hendricks and Breeden were charged in the warrants with being accessories after the fact to malicious wounding, according to court records.

Breeden and Hendricks were arrested and charged with being accessories after the fact to malicious wounding, according to Harris.

Police allege 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 was completed on Breeden's property and a 9 mm gun was found in a garden, the complaint said.

Breeden then took Leigh and another accomplice 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 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 also allegedly told Johnson that her boyfriend would shoot him, court records said.

Crim then allegedly 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, the criminal complaint said.

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