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Trial set for man charged in fatal shooting in W.Va.

May 01, 2007|by DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A Harpers Ferry, W.Va., man indicted last month on charges of first-degree murder in the Dec. 2, 2006, shooting death of a bartender at the Cliffside Bar and Grill is scheduled to stand trial Aug. 7, court officials said Monday.

The trial date was set for James Robert Jones, 25, in Jefferson County Circuit Court, a spokeswoman for the circuit clerk's office said.

Police said a man walked into the bar at Quality Inn along U.S. 340 near Harpers Ferry about 10 p.m. and opened fire with a 9 mm 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. Two other people were shot, but their wounds were not life-threatening.

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West Virginia State Police have said they could not comment on a possible motive.

Jones was also indicted by a Jefferson County grand jury 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, according to Jefferson County Circuit Court.

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