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Condition of local woman hurt in shooting improves

November 29, 2004|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

The condition of a woman who was shot and critically injured in her Washington County home two weeks ago has been upgraded for the first time since she was attacked, a spokeswoman at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center said Sunday.

The condition of Cathy Myers, 44, of 12507 Kemps Mill Road near Williamsport, was upgraded to serious over the weekend, a trauma center spokeswoman said.

Myers has been at the Baltimore facility since Nov. 15, when she and her boyfriend, William Grant, were shot several times in her home.

Her two daughters, ages 12 and 17, were inside the home when the shootings began, the Washington County Sheriff's Department has said.

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Charles Myers, their father, said Sunday that the girls are doing "the best they can."

"They're doing real well, though it's a difficult situation to deal with," he said.

Myers deferred questions about Cathy Myers' improvements at the trauma center to her parents, Frank and Phyllis Spielman. The Spielmans could not be reached by phone Sunday.

Steven Linn Barr, 41, of 808 Hamilton Blvd. in Hagers-town, was charged with first- and second-degree murder, attempted first- and second-degree murder and first- and second-degree assault, among other charges, in the shooting.

Deputies allege Barr, Myers' former boyfriend, broke into the Kemps Mill Road home, hid in a garage and shot her and Grant several times each. Grant was pronounced dead at the scene, deputies have said.

According to court records, Myers told a deputy who found her outside the home that "Steven Barr is who shot me and my boyfriend."

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