MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A man charged in the October 2005 shooting death of Martinsburg resident Donald L. "Dee" Redman is on track to be tried in Berkeley County Circuit Court beginning Aug. 7, attorneys told 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge Gray Silver III on Monday.
John James Grant, aka "Butter," of New York City, was indicted by a grand jury in October 2006 on one count of murder. Grant is accused of shooting Redman, 29, in the head at a North Third Street residence in Martinsburg in the early morning hours of Oct. 27, 2005.
Arrested in February 2006 in New York on an unrelated drug charge, Grant, now 22, on Monday appeared before Silver with B. Craig Manford, the third attorney appointed by the court to handle the homicide case since Grant's arraignment in Berkeley County on July 28, 2006, according to circuit court records.
Within a couple of days of his arraignment, attorney Deborah A. Lawson of the Public Defender Corp. asked the court to withdraw from the case after discovering that they had represented the victim "as well as others involved in this case," records show.