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Murder warrants issued in shooting death of Martinsburg man

November 05, 2005|By CANDICE BOSELY

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.VA. - Police have obtained first-degree murder warrants against two men described as "drug dealers from the New York City area" in connection with the shooting of a Martinsburg man last week.

Martinsburg Police Department Detective Sgt. George Swartwood said police also are looking for two other men as "persons of interest."

Police do not know any of the men's real names, but obtained the warrants using their street names.

Magistrate Sandy Miller issued a warrant on Friday for a man known as "Butter," who police allege shot Donald Lee "Dee" Redman, 29, once in the head Oct. 27 at 517 N. Third St.

A warrant also was obtained against a man known as "Prince," who is alleged to have provided the gun to "Butter" and helped drag Redman's body to the back porch of a vacant apartment at 515 N. Third St.

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The men who are considered to be persons of interest are known as "T-Dot" and "Dollar," Swartwood said.

Redman was shot once in the head around 5 a.m. Police and emergency medical personnel were notified at 7:57 a.m.; Swartwood declined to comment on what might have caused the delay.

Witnesses who were present during the shooting spoke to police and said an argument and a fight preceded the gun being fired, Swartwood said.

Police believe all four men since have gone back to the Bronx in New York City.

Swartwood released to the media photographs of the four men inside a local grocery store. He declined to identify the store, citing the helpfulness of its employees.

Witnesses of the shooting confirmed that the men depicted in the surveillance video footage were those involved in the shooting, Swartwood said.

Martinsburg Police Department officers have been working with the New York City Police Department, West Virginia State Police, Eastern Panhandle Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, the FBI and the U.S. Marshals Service.

Anyone with information may call the Martinsburg Police Department at 304-264-2100.

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