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W.Va. man indicted in fatal Dec. shooting

April 18, 2007|by DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.VA. - A Harpers Ferry, W.Va., man was indicted Tuesday on charges that include first-degree murder in a Dec. 2 incident in which a gunman opened fire in the Cliffside Bar and Grill near Harpers Ferry, killing the bartender and injuring two others.

James Robert Jones, 25, also was indicted on two counts of attempted first-degree murder, two counts of malicious assault, six counts of wanton endangerment involving a firearm, three counts of shooting at another person in a place of public resort and prohibited person in possession of a firearm, Jefferson County Circuit Court records said.

The charges against Jones were handed up by a Jefferson County grand jury that began hearing cases Tuesday in circuit court.

A trial date is expected to be set for Jones on April 30, court officials said. Jones is being held in the Eastern Regional Jail on $100,000 bond.


Police said a man walked into the bar at the Quality Inn along U.S. 340 about 10 p.m. Dec. 2 and opened fire with a 9 mm automatic handgun. Police described the scene inside the bar as "hostile" as patrons overpowered the assailant.

Michael Mihalik, a bartender in the motel's bar, died after being shot in the chest. Another shooting victim said he heard a "popping" sound, then looked down and noticed blood on his jeans and a hole in his pants.

The third shooting victim was shot in the right calf, according to West Virginia State Police.

A trooper investigating the shooting said previously that he believed Jones knew Mihalik and Mihalik's brother.

Trooper H.D. Heil said he was trying to determine whether Jones had a "beef" with Mihalik.

An attorney for Jones said previously that the issue for the defense centers around Jones' state of mind at the time of the shooting.

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