W.Va. man charged in murder seeks bond

February 26, 2003|by DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A Kearneysville, W.Va., man charged with first-degree murder in a shooting death of another man outside the Images nightclub earlier this month will be released from jail if he meets bail and undergoes a mental evaluation, a judge ruled Tuesday.

Raymond E. Hoak, 26, appeared in Jefferson County Circuit Court Tuesday to request that a bond be set for him.

He has been held without bond in Eastern Regional Jail because first-degree murder is a capital offense, said his attorney, Kevin Mills.

It was decided Tuesday that a bond of $180,000 would be set for Hoak, of Route 3, Mills said.

A further condition of the bond is that Hoak would have to be on home confinement if released, Mills said.

Home confinement involves placing an electronic anklet on a person so his whereabouts can be monitored by authorities.

Although the bond amount and condition were agreed upon Tuesday, Circuit Judge Thomas W. Steptoe Jr. said he will delay allowing Hoak to be released on bond until he receives a mental evaluation, Mills said.


Steptoe is expected to review the matter at 11 a.m. Friday.

About 50 witnesses showed up in court in support of Hoak, Mills said. None was called to testify, Mills said.

About 52 letters of support also were written for Hoak, including one from his pastor, Mills said.

The shooting outside the Images club in the early hours of Feb. 9 occurred after Hoak and Larry G. Hose, 29, of Kearneysville, became involved in an argument inside the bar, police said.

Police said the dispute continued outside the bar, which is near the intersection of W.Va. 51 and W.Va. 480.

Witnesses saw Hoak fire a single shot, striking Hose in the chest, according to a criminal complaint in Jefferson County Magistrate Court.

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