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Man enters guilty plea to lesser charge in 2000 shooting

March 12, 2002|BY DAVE McMILLION

MARTINSBURG, W. Va. - A Martinsburg man who had been charged with second-degree murder in the September 2000 shooting death of another man pleaded guilty Monday to involuntary manslaughter, prosecutors said.

After entering the plea, Terry Lee Edwards Jr. was sentenced to one year in jail by Berkeley County Circuit Court Judge Christopher Wilkes, according to Berkeley County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Hassan Rasheed.

Edwards and the victim, Steven Ray Post II, were drinking near W.Va. 9 in the vicinity of the Golden Horseshoe Club on Sept. 13, 2000, when they began arguing, according to police.

The two men drove back to Edwards' house at 425 E. Race St., where Post was shot in the chest, police said.

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Rasheed said he agreed to the plea because a psychiatrist determined Edwards was so intoxicated that he didn't know what he was doing when he waived his Miranda rights to police.

As a result, a statement Edwards gave to police would have been inadmissible in court, said Rasheed.

If convicted of second-degree murder, Edwards would have faced a prison sentence between 10 and 40 years. The one-year jail term handed to Edwards was the maximum punishment for involuntary manslaughter.

- Dave McMillion

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