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Woman charged in W.Va. shooting

September 17, 2007|By HEATHER KEELS

MARTINSBURG, W.VA. - A Martinsburg, W.Va., woman who police found with a gun to her head at the scene of a fatal shooting Saturday afternoon has been charged with murder, Martinsburg Police said Sunday.

Maria Decicio-Smith, 34, of 210 Gussie Ave., was being held without bond Sunday at Eastern Regional Jail, according to a spokesperson there.

Richard Earl Amundson-Decicio, 45, of the same address, was found dead of apparent gunshot wounds, police said.

Police said they responded to 210 Gussie Ave. for a shooting victim at about 4 p.m. Saturday and found Decicio-Smith with a gun to her head. They used a taser to bring her under control and secured the residence before searching for victims, police said.

Police said they found a .22-caliber pistol that they believe was used to kill Amundson-Decicio.

Neighbors said Decicio-Smith and Amundson-Decicio had lived together in the house since moving from Wyoming about six months ago.


Stacey Doleman, who lives across the street from Decicio-Smith and Amundson-Decicio on Gussie Ave., said she saw police approach the house Saturday and heard "screaming and hollering" and the police telling someone to put her hands in the air. She later saw Decicio-Smith leave the house in handcuffs, she said.

An autopsy is scheduled for today in Charleston, W.Va., police said.

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