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Berkeley County man's trial in double slaying postponed

March 17, 2007|by MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The trial for a Berkeley County man accused in the shooting deaths of a father and son at their home in September 2005 was rescheduled on Friday to allow his defense attorneys time to obtain their client's medical records.

Wade Warren Painter, now 26, was indicted in February 2006 on two counts of first-degree murder, along with counts of possession of a stolen vehicle, grand larceny, daytime burglary and petit larceny, records show.

Painter of 385 Pond Lane, is accused of killing Raymond White Jr., 64, and White's 20-year-old son, Raymond White IV, both of 1734 Paynes Ford Road. Police have determined that Raymond White Jr., was shot twice and severely beaten and his son was found shot once above his right ear on Sept. 14, 2005, sometime between the hours of 3 a.m. and 10 a.m.

In a brief hearing on Friday, 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge Christopher C. Wilkes agreed to continue the trial until Sept. 11, to allow for defense attorneys B. Craig Manford and S. Andrew Arnold to obtain records of his client's multiple hospitalizations.

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Manford said after the hearing that he had received one report back from Washington County Hospital in Hagerstown, but was waiting on as many as four others. Painter's trial had been scheduled to begin next month.

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