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Trial date for man charged in fatal shooting pushed back

July 27, 2004|by DAVE McMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A trial date for a Kearneysville, W.Va., man charged in the shooting death of another man outside the Images nightclub last year was moved back Monday, the third time the trial has been set back, said Jefferson County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Larry Crofford.

Raymond E. Hoak's trial had been scheduled to begin Aug. 24, but Judge Thomas W. Steptoe Jr. on Monday allowed the trial to be moved back to Dec. 14, Crofford said.

Crofford said Hoak's trial date had to delayed because several issues involving the discovery process have not been resolved.

The discovery process allows lawyers to examine evidence in the case.

Another issue slowing the process is a psychological report on Hoak that was conducted by the prosecution, Crofford said.

The test has been completed, but the results are not yet available, Crofford said.

Kevin Mills, Hoak's attorney, said Monday he is entitled to receive a copy of the report and he will not have enough time to review it before Aug. 24.

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Before Monday's rescheduling, Hoak's trial date was moved back in February to allow lawyers more time to work on discovery issues.

At that time, Crofford said bad weather hampered the ability of attorneys on both sides to meet with each other to examine some evidence.

The trial date was moved from March 9 to June 8. Then the trial had to be moved back to Aug. 24 because evidence had not been returned from a West Virginia State Police lab, Mills and Crofford said.

The shooting outside the Images club in the early hours of Feb. 9, 2003, 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. Hose was taken to Jefferson Memorial Hospital in Ranson, W.Va., where he was pronounced dead at 3:13 a.m., West Virginia State Police said.

Hoak was indicted on a charge of first-degree murder.

Hoak is on home confinement, which requires him to wear an electronic anklet so his whereabouts can be monitored by authorities.

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