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Slaying suspect turns himself in

January 25, 2001

Slaying suspect turns himself in



By KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI / Staff Writer


A West Virginia man wanted in the December slaying of a Clear Spring man turned himself in to authorities Thursday evening, according to Maryland State Police.

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Saul Joseph Stanley, also known as Jeff Stanley, 22, of 121 Fairfax St. in Martinsburg, W.Va., was one of two men charged in the Dec. 5 death of William Messersmith, 76, in his Clear Spring on Dec. 5.

Stanley faces charges of first-degree murder, second-degree murder, first-degree assault, robbery, false imprisonment and theft over $500.

He was being held without bond Thursday night, and was to be arraigned in Washington County District Court at 11 a.m. today.

The second man charged, Liger Albert Grady, 18, also of West Virginia, had surrendered to Warren County (Va.) Sheriff's deputies on Jan. 5. He remains jailed on the same charges.

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Hagerstown City Police said Stanley went to a Hagerstown law office Thursday afternoon and an attorney there called city police.

City Police picked up Stanley and took him to the Hagerstown state police barrack at around 5 p.m.

Detectives interviewed Stanley for more than an hour Thursday evening, after which he was taken to Washington County District Court for a bond hearing.

A female acquaintance found Messersmith's body lying in a pool of blood at his home in the 12000 block of National Pike on Dec. 7.

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