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Man wanted in Martinsburg slaying nabbed

February 28, 2006|by ERIN CUNNINGHAM

erinc@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A man charged with fatally shooting a Martinsburg man last year was arrested Saturday in New York.

An arrest warrant was issued in December by Martinsburg Police charging John Grant, 21, of 346 156th St. in New York, with murder. He was charged with shooting Donald L. "Dee" Redman, 29, of Martinsburg, once in the head Oct. 27 in an apartment at 517 N. Third St.

At that time, police said they believed Grant was in New York.

Grant was arrested Saturday at about 8 p.m. with three others for criminal possession of marijuana, a New York City Police Department spokeswoman said Monday.

He was in a car when a Manhattan gang squad stopped the men for buying drugs, she said.

The four were taken to the police station where officers ran routine checks for outstanding warrants. The checks revealed that Grant was wanted for murder, the spokeswoman said.

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Grant, also known as "Butter," was one of four men believed to be connected to the Oct. 27 murder. He is the first to be taken into custody.

In December, Martinsburg investigators described the four men as New York-area drug dealers.

Police have said that an argument preceded the Oct. 27 shooting, which happened about 5 a.m. Grant is accused of shooting Redman.

DeAndre "Dollar" Fullen, 19, is charged in an arrest warrant with aiding and abetting murder, according to The Herald-Mail reports. An arrest warrant also has been issued for a third man, known only as "Prince," and a person known as "T-Dot" was being sought in December as a person of interest.

Martinsburg Police were not available Monday night to provide updated details on the investigation.

Police said in December that the man known as "Prince" provided Grant with the gun and helped drag Redman's body to an adjacent apartment.

The New York Police Department spokeswoman said Grant would be held in New York until he is extradited to West Virginia, but did not know when that would be. An officer at Eastern Regional Jail in Martinsburg said late Monday that Grant was not at the jail.

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