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Woman says victim had his hands up before he was shot

November 09, 2007|By DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.VA. - A woman who was working at Images nightclub the evening that Larry G. Hose was shot to death in the bar's parking lot testified Thursday that she saw Hose holding his hands up moments before he was shot.

Marcy Hall said she did not see anything in Hose's hands and did not see a knife on Feb. 9, 2003.

There were conflicting statements about whether Hose, 29, of Kearneysville, W.Va., had a knife during a confrontation with Raymond Hoak, who is standing trial this week in Hose's death.

Hoak has claimed he acted in self-defense in the shooting.

Hall, who now lives in Hampton, Va., testified in Jefferson County Circuit Court that she went back to the bar along W.Va. 51 in the Middleway, W.Va., area and rang a buzzer to get back in after Hose raised his hands in the air.

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A gun was fired about that moment, Hall said.

Hall said she saw Hoak get into a car and she rushed back to the scene in an attempt to get a license plate number off the car.

Hoak, 31, of Kearneysville, was found at a House off Hite Road and he raised his hands and stated "I did it," Jefferson County Assistant Prosecutor Larry Crofford said previously.

Testimony is expected to resume today at 9 a.m., and Crofford said he expects the testimony of a West Virginia State Police officer who testified at a previous trial for Hoak to be read.

The officer's testimony will be read because the officer is in Iraq, Crofford said.

The first trial for Hoak in 2005 ended in a mistrial when a jury could not reach a verdict.

Hoak was indicted on a charge of first-degree murder.

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