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W.Va. man is charged in shootng

September 10, 2002|by CANDICE BOSELY

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

FALLING WATERS. W.Va. - A Martinsburg, W.Va., man accused of shooting another man once in the chest Sunday night was charged with one count of felony malicious wounding and released Monday on $25,000 bail.

William Robert Frazee III, 43, could face more serious charges if the victim, who was listed in critical condition Monday night at a Virginia hospital, dies, according to Berkeley County Prosecutor Pamela Games-Neely.

As a condition of Frazee's bond, he cannot have any contact with the victim, Ted Roberts.

Frazee, whose address in court paperwork was given as West Race Street in Martinsburg, is accused of shooting Roberts, age unknown, of Williamsport Pike, with a .380-caliber pistol around 7:30 p.m. Frazee had gone to Roberts' home to look at propane tanks, according to court records.

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After Frazee arrived at Roberts' garage to look at the tanks, he said Roberts closed the garage door, shutting them both inside, court records show.

Frazee said he had earlier put a gun in the back pocket of his jeans because he had "a bad feeling," according to a statement Frazee gave police.

Inside the garage, Roberts approached Frazee, saying he heard Frazee had a problem with one of his friends, police said. When Frazee said he did not know what Roberts was talking about and asked Roberts to open the garage door, Roberts instead approached Frazee, records allege.

After Frazee moved his hand toward his gun, Roberts said, "Go ahead and pull it and I'll take you out now," records allege. Frazee took out his gun and shot Roberts after Roberts took another step forward, Frazee allegedly told police.

After the shooting, Frazee opened the garage door and left in an older model Ford pickup truck, a witness told police.

When Berkeley County Deputy Jerry Bradshaw arrived at Roberts' home, Roberts was sitting on the ground in front of the garage. His girlfriend said she heard what she believed was a gunshot and saw someone named Bill leaving, "stuffing something in his pants," police said.

Roberts was taken by helicopter to Inova Fairfax Hospital in Virginia. He remained in the Intensive Care Unit Monday.

As Bradshaw and other deputies interviewed witnesses, a woman approached them and said she knew who shot Roberts, and that he wanted to speak with police.

Officers followed her to a camper behind a home near Roberts', where they found Frazee sitting on the tailgate of a Ford truck. After they handcuffed him and read him his Miranda rights, Frazee told police his version of what happened, records show.

Chief Deputy Kenneth LeMaster of the Berkeley County Sheriffs Department said officers seized Frazee's gun.

A conviction on a charge of malicious wounding carries a penalty of two to 10 years in prison.

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