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Prosecutor says Steven Barr reloaded during attacks

December 16, 2004|by PEPPER BALLARD

pepperb@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN - Steven Linn Barr "had to reload" a seven-shot, .32-caliber revolver to kill William Grant and critically wound Cathy Myers after "lying in wait" in her garage on the morning of the Nov. 15 homicide, Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Gina Cirincion said Wednesday during Barr's preliminary hearing.

Barr, 41, of 808 Hamilton Blvd. in Hagerstown, is charged with first- and second-degree murder and attempted first- and second-degree murder along with a series of related charges in connection with the shooting death of Grant, 46, and the wounding of Myers, 44, that occurred at Myers' 12057 Kemps Mill Road home about 3:20 a.m.

During the preliminary hearing Wednesday, Washington County District Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr. said he found "ample evidence" to forward all of Barr's charges to Circuit Court.

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A clean-shaven Barr, who was wearing an orange Washington County Detention Center jumpsuit over a long-sleeved white shirt, remained stone-faced throughout the hearing.

Washington County Sheriff's Department Investigator Christopher Weaver testified that investigators zeroed in on Barr after a wounded Myers told the first deputy on the scene, "Steven Barr is who shot me and my boyfriend."

Weaver testified that Barr called his ex-wife, best friend and another man following the shootings and revealed some details of the planned attack.

Barr took a seven-shot, .32-caliber handgun from his best friend's house the night of the homicide and used that gun to fire eight bullets into Grant's head and torso and three bullets into the back of Myers' head, back and arm, Weaver testified.

Myers is now at a rehabilitative hospital, Weaver testified.

Assistant Public Defender Brian Hutchison, Barr's attorney, asked if fingerprints or blood samples were taken from Myers' home and if gunshot residue was taken from Barr.

Weaver testified that such evidence was collected but police have not received laboratory results. When asked where bullets entered Grant's body, Weaver testified that police do not have Grant's final autopsy results.

Weaver testified that a note was recovered from outside of Barr's home during a search of his house. He was not asked to detail what was written in the note.

Weaver testified that Grant was found on the bathroom floor next to the bedroom where the couple had been sleeping.

Following the testimony, Hutchison told Long, "We don't know where the entry wounds are. We don't know how (Grant) got from the bed to the bathroom area. We don't know if there was a conflict."

Cirincion told Long, "Mr. Grant was shot eight times with a seven-shot gun ... clearly, Mr. Barr had to reload."

Barr was "lying in wait" before the attack, "an admission he makes to several people," Cirincion said.

Washington County State's Attorney Charles Strong said that the prosecution has not decided what type of sentence it will seek in Barr's case. Barr could face the death penalty on the first-degree murder charge, according to charging documents, if Barr is convicted.

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