CHARLES TOWN, W.VA. - There were conflicting statements from people the night Larry Hose was shot to death outside Images nightclub in 2003 about whether the victim had a knife during a confrontation with Raymond Hoak, according to testimony Tuesday during the second day of Hoak's murder trial.
West Virginia State Police Trooper Mike Cole said police took a statement from a man who was with Hoak the night Hose was killed, and the man said Hose pulled a knife.
But Hoak never mentioned Hose having a knife, Cole testified in Jefferson County Circuit Court.
Virginia Johnson, who was dating Hose when he was killed, testified that she and Hose were trying to open packaging on an item earlier in the evening before they went to Images along W.Va. 51 west of Charles Town.
Johnson said she told Hose that he should use his knife to open the wrapping.
Hose responded that he could not use the knife because he had lost it, Johnson testified.