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Probable cause found in shooting

September 07, 2007

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Berkeley County magistrate on Thursday found probable cause to allow the state to continue its case against a man accused of shooting another man in June in the parking lot at Waffle House north of Martinsburg.

Markus Alanzo Watts, aka "G," 23, of Amorette Drive in Berkeley County, was charged with malicious wounding after the June 15 shooting, which left Ben McMeans, then 28, with gunshot wounds to the stomach and leg injuries, police have said.

At the end of a preliminary hearing Thursday, Magistrate Joan V. Bragg ruled she found probable cause, making way for the Berkeley County Prosecutor's office to present the case to a grand jury in Circuit Court, according to court records.

According to police, McMeans said he was walking toward Watts, who was standing in front of Waffle House at 1807 Edwin Miller Blvd. when the accused pulled a gun and shot him, according to court records.

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Police have said they found two .40-caliber shell casings in the parking lot of the restaurant after responding to a report of shots being fired about 4 a.m.

McMeans was treated at City Hospital for gunshot wounds to the stomach, groin and leg injuries, and later released, police have said.

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