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Man charged with threatening officer

November 19, 2004|by CANDICE BOSELY

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A man in jail on a drug charge was charged Thursday with threatening to kill a police officer's wife and harm the officer after an October court hearing, court records filed Thursday allege.

David Todd Walls, 37, of 605 Second St., Martinsburg, was charged with one felony count of intimidation of a police officer.

Police allege that on Oct. 29, Martinsburg Police Department Patrolman Eric Neely was in Magistrate Court testifying against Walls, who had been charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.

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After Magistrate Scott Paugh listened to the evidence in the case and forwarded it to Circuit Court for a possible indictment and trial, Walls' wife asked whether Neely has a wife, records state.

Walls replied, "Yes he does and I'm gonna kill (her) when I get out," records allege.

As a bailiff was removing Walls from the courtroom he continued to curse and issue threats, saying "I will see you in five years" and "I'll burn this off in two, lift weights and burn Patrolman Neely's ass when I get out," records allege.

Before seeking an arrest warrant, Sgt. Shannon L. Armel, with the Martinsburg Police Department, obtained statements from bailiffs who witnessed the encounter, records state.

He was charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance on Oct. 22 - the only drug charge to be filed against him, records state.

Conviction on a charge of intimidation of a police officer carries a sentence of one to 10 years in prison.

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