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W.Va. men face charges following two-by-four attack

July 21, 2005|by CANDICE BOSLEY

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Two Martinsburg men were charged in connection with a two-by-four beating behind City Hall in Martinsburg on Wednesday that was captured by surveillance video cameras, court records state.

Chad R. Banks, 18, of 3041/2 W. Race St., was charged with a felony count of malicious wounding.

Ronald L. Jackson, 18, of 207 S. Maple Ave., Apt. 5, was charged with accessory to malicious wounding.

A 17-year-old also was involved, police said, but information about his case could not be obtained because of his age.

Martinsburg Police Department Sgt. G.F. Macher wrote in court records that he was in the radio room of the police department when he saw, on a surveillance video television monitor, several men arguing in the parking lot behind City Hall.

As Macher walked to the back of the building, the men began chasing another man, and one man hit him with a two-by-four, Macher wrote.

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"I exited the building on the Police Department side and as I exited the door all three subjects were on top of this black male as he was huddled in the corner of this doorway," Macher wrote in court records.

The victim, identified as Andre Juste, 44, of Martinsburg, was in "a balled-up position," police said.

Juste was punched, kicked and hit several times with the two-by-four and had a cut on his right side, and might have broken or bruised ribs, Macher said.

Juste was taken to City Hospital, but a hospital spokesman said Wednesday afternoon that Juste was not a patient there.

Both Banks and Jackson were free on $20,000 bond.

Conviction of a charge of malicious wounding or accessory to malicious wounding carries a sentence of two to 10 years in prison.

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