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Man wanted in slaying captured

August 31, 2005|by CANDICE BOSLEY

MARTINSBURG, W.VA.

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

A man wanted in the shooting of a Shepherdstown, W.Va., man outside of a Martinsburg motel last month was taken into custody Tuesday morning in Baltimore, police said.

E.C. "Turk" Grimes, 23, tried to run when police raided a home in Baltimore in which he was staying, but afterward was taken into custody without incident, said Capt. K.C. Bohrer of the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department.

Grimes will be extradited to West Virginia, where an arrest warrant has been issued charging him with first-degree murder, Bohrer said.

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Ronald L. Kidrick, 30, known to family and friends as "Punkin" and "Polo," was shot once in the head July 30 outside of the Relax Inn on Winchester Avenue in Martinsburg.

The shooting happened at around 5:20 a.m.

Family members of Kidrick have said that Kidrick went to the motel after his 6-year-old son, Trejan, called and asked to be picked up. Trejan had been staying with his mother, who was living at the motel, police and family members said.

For weeks, members of the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department have been sharing tips and other information with authorities in Baltimore, including officials with a U.S. Marshals fugitive task force, Bohrer said.

As many as three dozen tips from the public helped lead police to Grimes. Bohrer said he believes Grimes was caught at about 6 a.m.

Bohrer said he called Kidrick's family to share the news.

Kidrick's father "was quite relieved," Bohrer said.

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