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Wanted pair spotted in W.Va.

December 29, 2000

Wanted pair spotted in W.Va.



Two men wanted by authorities in connection with the death of a Clear Spring man during a robbery Dec. 5 were seen in West Virginia recently, according to Maryland State Police.

Police said Liger Albert Grady, 18, and Jeff Stanley, also known as Saul Joseph Stanley, 22, were seen in Martinsburg, W.Va.

Warrants were issued for the two men on Dec. 14. Police said Grady and Stanley are accused of entering the 12019 National Pike home of William Leonard Messersmith, robbing and killing him.

Grady and Stanley are each charged with first-degree murder, second-degree murder, robbery, false imprisonment, felony theft and assault, according to Detective Sgt. Douglas Wehland, who is a member of the Special Investigation Support Unit of Maryland State Police

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A female acquaintance found Messersmith, 76, lying in a pool of blood inside his small green mobile home about two miles west of Clear Spring on Dec. 7.

Grady and Stanley are white males. Grady is 5 feet, 10 inches tall and weighs 130 pounds. Stanley is 5 feet, 11 inches tall and weighs 175 pounds.

Stanley is also wanted on warrants from Montgomery and Frederick counties charging him with fraud and failure to return rented property, Wehland said.

The men are believed to have a handgun in their possession and are hiding out in West Virginia, he said.

Wehland warned that anyone who has knowledge of or has helped the fugitives will be prosecuted.

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