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Man accused in W.Va. shooting death released on bond

March 05, 2003|by DAVE McMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A Kearneysville, W.Va., man charged in connection with the shooting death of a man outside Images night club last month was released on $180,000 bond Tuesday night, officials said.

Raymond E. Hoak, 26, of Route 3, was released from Eastern Regional Jail after Jefferson County Circuit Judge Thomas W. Steptoe Jr. agreed on bond for Hoak earlier in the day.

Steptoe said Hoak could be released on bond but that he had to remain on home confinement, said Jefferson County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Larry Crofford.

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Home confinement means an electronic anklet will be placed on Hoak so his whereabouts can be monitored by authorities.

Under the bond agreement, Hoak only can go to work or church, Crofford said.

Although the bond amount was agreed upon earlier, Steptoe had said he would delay allowing Hoak to be released until he received a mental evaluation.

A psychologist testified Tuesday he believes Hoak is stable enough to be released on bond, Crofford said.

The shooting outside Images in the early morning 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 west of 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.

Hoak is charged with first-degree murder.

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