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Murder warrant issued in Saturday shooting death

August 02, 2005|by CANDICE BOSLEY

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

A Shepherdstown, W.Va., man fatally shot early Saturday outside of a Martinsburg motel had been threatened previously over the phone by the man charged in the shooting, police said Monday.

"(E.C.) Grimes made the comment to him (the victim, Ronald Kidrick) after they had argued, 'If you want some of this, come and get it,'" alleged Capt. K.C. Bohrer of the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department.

Police previously identified the man charged as Dant or Dont "Turk" Brown, but said that name is an alias and that the man's real name is E.C. Grimes.

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Magistrate Jim Humphrey issued a warrant Monday afternoon charging Grimes, 23, with murder. Grimes had not been found and might be either in the Berkeley Gardens apartment complex near Martinsburg or in Baltimore, where his mother is, Bohrer said.

Grimes is 6 feet tall and weighs about 145 pounds. He has the word "Smokey" tattooed on his left biceps and is known to carry a handgun, possibly a revolver, in his front waistband, police said.

Police do not know what E.C. stands for, Bohrer said, adding that Grimes has been arrested in the past only under the initials.

Investigators do not believe the shooting was drug-related, Bohrer said.

The shooting happened at around 5:20 a.m. Saturday outside of the Relax Inn on Winchester Avenue, south of Martinsburg.

Kidrick, 30, of Ray Street, Shepherdstown, was shot once in the forehead and was taken to City Hospital. He was later taken off life support, a family member said.

The gun used in the shooting has not been found, police said. Investigators found a handgun near Kidrick, but said it was Kidrick's gun and that he had apparently taken it with him.

A friend drove Kidrick to the motel so Kidrick could check on his children, one of whom was his son and one of whom was a stepson, Bohrer said. Kidrick was scheduled to pick up the children later in the day for a visit, police said.

The mother of the children - Mary Davis - had been living in the motel and dating Grimes, Bohrer said. As recently as Father's Day, she had been involved with Kidrick, police said.

However, Kidrick's cousin, Stephanie Kidrick of Martinsburg, said the shooting was "not anything involving a love triangle."

Police declined to speculate on a motive.

Bohrer said that police have determined it was Grimes, not Kidrick, who pistol-whipped another man at the motel. Michael Moneypenny said that Kidrick assaulted him, but police said they believe it was Grimes.

Christopher Petrucci, who drove Kidrick to the motel, said as soon as he arrived at the motel his friend Kidrick "got out and left the car door open and took off."

Seconds later he heard a gunshot, Petrucci said Sunday.

Anyone with information about the shooting or Grimes' whereabouts may call the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department at 304-267-7000 or the anonymous Crime Solvers line at 304-267-4999.

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