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Clear Spring murder suspect turns self in

January 09, 2001

Clear Spring murder suspect turns self in



One of two men wanted in the case of a Clear Spring man killed during a robbery at his home Dec. 5 has turned himself in to authorities in Virginia.

Maryland State Police Sgt. Todd May confirmed Monday that Liger Albert Grady, 18, of Martinsburg, W.Va., went to the Warren County (Va.) Sheriff's Department with an attorney on Friday.

He was charged with first-degree murder, second-degree murder, robbery, false imprisonment, felony theft and assault.

"I was notified at 7 p.m. Friday," May said. He said Grady's identity wasn't confirmed until Saturday.

Grady was being held at the Warren County Detention Center in anticipation of a hearing today to determine if he will waive or fight extradition back to Maryland, May said.

"If he waives extradition, we will go down and get him," May said.

A second person sought in connection with the death of William Leonard Messersmith in his National Pike home remained at large Monday.

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Jeff Stanley, also known as Saul Joseph Stanley, 22, faces the same charges as Grady.

Stanley is described as being 5 feet, 11inches tall and weighing 175 pounds.

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

Grady and Stanley were last seen over the Christmas holiday in a Sheetz store in Martinsburg, police said.

Prior to Grady's surrender, the men were believed to be hiding out in West Virginia where they both have relatives, police said.

- Marlo Barnhart

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