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W.Va. man is charged in connection with throat-slashing

August 20, 2005|By CANDICE BOSELY

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

A Martinsburg man was charged Friday in connection with a throat-slashing last month in which a man's throat was slashed from the middle of his neck to his left ear, police said.

Eric Lamont "B-more" Davis, 37, of 1252 Shepherdstown Road, was charged with one felony count of malicious wounding.

He turned himself in to police at Berkeley County Magistrate Court, said the lead investigator, Sgt. Willie Johnson of the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department.

The throat-slashing happened on July 24 at 224 Crawford Quarry Road in Falling Waters, W.Va.

Both the victim, Larry "Buck" Hull, and his girlfriend identified the assailant by his street name, "B-more." Hull said he was cut when he tried to break up an argument, according to court records.

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The assailant had fled by the time emergency personnel arrived, police said.

Hull was taken to Washington County Hospital for emergency surgery for the wound, which was considered to be life-threatening, Johnson said.

Hull was released from the hospital the next day, Johnson said.

Over the next few days, police received tips about four people who used the name of "B-more." Johnson gathered photographs of several men and showed them to Hull and his girlfriend, who both pointed to Davis' photograph, Johnson said.

Davis later contacted Johnson, and agreed to come to the sheriff's department to give a statement. He admitted to the slashing, but said it was done in self-defense because Hull had a small handgun, police said.

Everybody agreed there had been another man present, but nobody knew his name and he also had fled, police said.

Johnson was able to identify and track down that witness, who said that there was no provocation before the throat-slashing. That witness said he never saw a gun or heard any talk about a gun, Johnson said.

Davis is free on $10,000 bail.

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

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