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W.Va. man arraigned in strip club stabbing

October 05, 2005|by CANDICE BOSELY

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A man wanted in connection with a stabbing that happened at a Berkeley County strip club more than two years ago was arraigned Monday night on two counts of malicious wounding.

Kirk D. Jones Jr., 28, of 130 S. Valley St., Martinsburg, is charged in an Aug. 3, 2003, stabbing in a parking lot of Vixens Gentleman's Club on U.S. 11 in Bunker Hill, W.Va.

Jofroy Twyman of Ranson, W.Va., was stabbed once in his upper right inner biceps and once in the upper left part of his chest. He was taken to Winchester (Va.) Medical Center for surgery, police said after the stabbing.

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Another man, Ronald Hawkins of Grasonville, Md., received cuts when he tried to break up the fight. He also was taken to Winchester Medical Center but was released after being treated for cuts to his upper torso, Capt. K.C. Bohrer of the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department has said.

Twyman told investigators after the stabbing that he was waiting at the club to pick up his twin brother when he was punched from behind. As Twyman turned around to confront the man who hit him, he was stabbed, Bohrer said.

Twyman named Jones as the assailant, Bohrer said.

"Evidently, there's a little bit of a prior problem (between the two)," Bohrer said a day after the stabbing.

Twyman told police that he and Jones have previously confronted each other over a domestic situation involving a woman, Bohrer said. Also, Twyman said he had heard that Jones intended to harm him, Bohrer has said.

Witnesses at the club corroborated Twyman's story, Bohrer said.

Jones was being held Tuesday at Eastern Regional Jail on $40,000 bail.

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

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