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Prosecutor to review investigation into man's death

July 17, 2007|by MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney Pamela J. Games-Neely today is expected to meet with the State Police trooper investigating the death of a 23-year-old man on Friday night to review the status of the investigation.

Douglas "Scott" Funk II, 23, of 244 Dinner Belle Court, died Friday night at City Hospital. Police have said he was injured in a fight involving his younger brother and another man, Christopher M. Speikers, who was later charged with malicious assault.

"I have a meeting scheduled with the investigating officer to review the status of his investigation and where we go from here," Games-Neely said Monday.

West Virginia State Police Trooper J.S. Chumley filed the malicious assault charge against Speikers, 21, of Berkeley County, while Funk was in the intensive-care unit at City Hospital in Martinsburg.

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A complaint filed by Chumley indicates Speikers told police that he intervened in a fight between the brothers. While Funk and Speikers fought, Speikers put Funk in a chokehold after striking him in the face, and Funk stopped moving, police said.

The fight happened at Funk's home in the Brookstone subdivision.

In 2004, Funk listed the same address on campaign finance reports that he filed with the West Virginia Secretary of State's office as a Democratic Party nominee for the House of Delegates.

Funk lost the race in 2004 to Craig Blair, R-Berkeley, by more than 1,800 votes.

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