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Two charged in city man's beating death

November 05, 2004|by PEPPER BALLARD and BRIAN SHAPPELL

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HAGERSTOWN - A man and a juvenile were being held without bond Thursday after being charged in the beating death of Curtis Eugene Hill Sr., a 46-year-old man whose body was found Wednesday morning near a North Cannon Avenue pharmacy.

Larry W. Shriner, 20, of 13720 Village Mill Drive in Maugansville, and Justin Kyle Marshall, 17, of 12022 Sherwood Drive in Hagerstown, each were charged with first-degree murder, second-degree murder, first-degree assault, second-degree assault, attempted robbery and attempted theft less than $500, according to court records.

Shriner also was charged with first-degree felony murder, a murder committed in the attempted perpetration of a felony (robbery), court records say.

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Marshall was charged as an adult, Hagerstown Police Department Sgt. Curtis Wood said.

Washington County District Judge Ralph France II ordered during a bond review Thursday that Shriner and Marshall be held without bond.

Washington County Assistant Public Defender Eric Reed entered appearances on behalf of the Office of the Public Defender for both Shriner and Marshall on Thursday.

Hill's body was found in a grassy area near a tree Wednesday morning on North Cannon Avenue near Russo's Rx Pharmacy, which is across the street from the CVS Pharmacy and McDonald's.

Wood said that between midnight and 1 a.m. Wednesday, Hill left Camryn's Tavern on Mulberry Street and "got loud" outside a residence in the 200 block of East Franklin Street, where a relative of one of his alleged attackers lived.

Court records say Hill was cursing at Marshall and Shriner, whose mother lives nearby, before the two began to assault him. Marshall and Shriner took turns kicking Hill in the head and torso during the attack, records allege.

Records allege that Hill was kicked several times by each man.

Wood said police learned that Hill's pockets were searched, but he had left his wallet at home.

Records state they checked on Hill to find out if he was breathing or moving on two separate occasions after the beating.

Hill's body was found by city resident Jamie Feigley as she went out to start her husband's car just before 7 a.m. Feigley said she was preparing to take her children to school when she saw the bloodied body on the ground.

Mary Franklin, Hill's mother, said Wednesday that her son had been a resident of Hagerstown since he was 12 years old and was a carpenter who recently found work building houses. She said her son was social and not violent but "liked to drink a lot."

Hill's death was the third homicide this year in Washington County.

Ali Robinson, 28, was found shot to death at his Halfway home on the night of Oct. 21. The Washington County Sheriff's Department is still searching for Robinson's killer.

Jonathan M. Dennis, 19, of Waynesboro, Pa., was fatally shot on March 14 in a Washington Gardens Apartments and Townhouses courtyard in Hagerstown's East End. Those charged in his death are awaiting trial.

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