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W.Va. man shot to death

Kearneysville man charged

March 25, 2005|by CANDICE BOSELY

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.VA. - A man was killed late Wednesday after he was shot several times outside of an apartment complex during an argument over money, according to officers with the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department.

Arthur Clifton Doakes, 38, was dead when 10 officers with the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department arrived at Baker Heights Apartments I just before midnight, police said.

Lt. K.C. Bohrer said that Doakes lived in and out of area motels.

Roynal Lee "Ronnie" Walker, 47, of 2485 Charles Town Road, Apt. 4, Kearneysville, W.Va., was arraigned on one count of murder Thursday morning in connection with the shooting.

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Walker was being held in Eastern Regional Jail without bail.

The investigation began when officers with the sheriff's department responded to Baker Heights Apartments at 11:56 p.m. for a reported shooting.

The two-building apartment complex is off W.Va. 9, east of Martinsburg, near the Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Officers found Doakes lying face-up on the sidewalk outside of Apt. 4. Cpl. Brendan Hall said it appeared that Doakes had been shot three times - once in the upper chest near his throat and twice in the stomach. Doakes' body was sent to a state medical examiner's office in Morgantown, W.Va., for an autopsy, Hall said.

While officers were at the apartment complex, witnesses pointed to Walker, who was standing outside, and said he was the shooter, according to court records.

Police took Walker into custody and obtained a search warrant for his apartment. Inside they found .22-caliber shells that were consistent with those found on the ground by Doakes' body, police allege.

Another resident of the apartment complex later gave police a .22-caliber handgun and said that Walker had asked him to hold it for him, Hall said.

After being read his Miranda rights, Walker spoke to police. "He agreed to answer questions and during the question(ing) admitted to shooting the victim in front of his apartment," Bohrer wrote in a two-page criminal complaint.

Walker told police that he knew Doakes, Bohrer said.

No previous criminal charges had been filed against Walker, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

Doakes had faced several charges, including robbery, domestic battery and petit larceny.

Doakes' mother, Mary, said her son played football, ran track and wrestled while he was a student at Jefferson High School. He leaves behind two children, a 12-year-old son and a 13-year-old daughter, she said.

Mary Doakes, 68, said her son fought a crack cocaine addiction for the latter half of his life.

"When he was clean and sober, he was a nice young man," she said.

Funeral services are expected to be Tuesday, she said.

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