W.Va. man indicted in fatal shooting

October 20, 2005|by CANDICE BOSELY

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg man charged in a fatal shooting outside of an apartment complex in March was indicted by a Berkeley County grand jury Wednesday on one count of murder, while a man charged with using a pickax to kill a family dog also was indicted.

In the fatal shooting, Roynal "Ronnie" Lee Walker, 47, is charged with shooting Arthur Clifton Doakes, 38, outside of the Baker Heights Apartment Complex I on March 23.

Witnesses said Walker fired one shot immediately after opening his door and finding Doakes there, then walked over to Doakes, who had fallen to the ground, and fired about three more times, police have said.


Walker told police that Doakes had been harassing him for more than a week and trying to buy crack cocaine from him. Walker also told police that he was addicted to drugs but that he has been drug-free for nine years, according to testimony during a prior court hearing.

Conviction on a charge of murder carries a sentence of up to life in prison without parole.

In the dog's death, Kenneth James Watkins, 22, of 20803 Cheyenne's Trail, Gerrardstown, W.Va., was indicted on one felony count of animal cruelty and one count of grand larceny.

Watkins was charged with killing a family member's 11-year-old border collie mix because he did not like its name - Felony, records state.

The dog was killed March 22 and buried. A sign placed over the burial spot read "Don't Kill No More Dogs," according to court records.

About a month earlier, on Feb. 17, Watkins had been charged with another felony, grand larceny, after he allegedly stole a pickup truck, records state.

Conviction on a charge of felony animal cruelty carries a sentence of one to 10 years in prison.

The grand jury is scheduled to continue meeting today.

Members of the grand jury meet behind closed doors, hearing evidence from prosecutors and police. Neither defendants nor their attorneys are allowed to be in the courtroom or present evidence.

All of those who were indicted could now have jury trials in Circuit Court.

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