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Attorney: Shooting was in self-defense

June 26, 2003|by CANDICE BOSELY

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The man charged in the fatal shooting of another man outside a Capital Heights apartment earlier this month did so in self-defense, his attorney said Wednesday.

Kirk Leon Grantham, 25, of Martinsburg, was charged with murder in the shooting death of Marvin Redman, 35.

The shooting happened June 15 at around 4:30 a.m.

"Mr. Grantham looks forward to having his day in court, where the facts will show that he acted in self-defense, protecting his own life, his mother's life and the mother of his child's life," said defense attorney Kevin Mills, who officially was hired as Grantham's attorney Wednesday. "He strongly maintains his innocence."

Mills spoke to reporters after Grantham made a brief appearance in Magistrate Court. Because Mills just got the case, a preliminary hearing scheduled for Wednesday afternoon was postponed to Aug. 7.

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During the hearing, Mills and Berkeley County Prosecutor Pamela Games-Neely agreed that Mills could look at the state's witness list, but that Mills would not share it with anyone.

Because both Grantham and Redman have faced criminal charges in the past, Games-Neely said it is possible either side could "retaliate."

In her opinion, Games-Neely said the evidence in the shooting does not point to self-defense.

Grantham allegedly stood over Redman, as Redman was on the ground, and shot him once in the abdomen, Berkeley County court records allege.

As Grantham and Redman struggled over the gun beforehand, it discharged at least twice, police said. Grantham's girlfriend, Rashawn Williams, 22, was shot in her leg and Grantham's mother, Darise Cole, 42, was shot in her arm, records show.

Before Grantham was taken back to Eastern Regional Jail, where he is being held without bail, he frequently turned and spoke quietly to Williams and Cole, who sat in the courtroom's front row. Grantham and his girlfriend have a child together, Mills said.

Williams had a square bandage over her left knee, while Cole's right arm was in a sling.

Although Mills said he intends to ask a Circuit Court judge to grant his client bail, Games-Neely said she will oppose it.

At the time of the shooting, Grantham was free on probation from an earlier drug-related conviction. One of the conditions of Grantham's probation was that he not possess a firearm, according to U.S. District Court records.

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