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Defense witnesses testify in Hoak trial

Murder victim said to be abusive, threatening

Murder victim said to be abusive, threatening

November 13, 2007|By DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.VA. ? Larry Hose repeatedly threatened to kill Raymond Hoak, once threatened to kill a Domino's pizza employee and was abusive to a former girlfriend, according to testimony Tuesday in Hoak's murder trial.

Hoak told police that he had a long-running feud with Hose over Hoak's affair with Hose's former wife and Hoak said he acted in self-defense when Hose was shot to death Feb. 9, 2003, outside Images nightclub along W.Va. 51 near Middleway, W.Va.

The state finished its case against Hoak last week and defense attorney Paul Taylor began calling witnesses Tuesday as the trial entered its second week.

Carlton Stubbs, a friend of Hoak's, testified that he had been around Hose when Hose made death threats to Hoak.

Stubbs said he heard Hose make the threats six to 10 times.

When cross-examined by Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney Larry Crofford about why Stubbs did not report the threats to police, Stubbs said he did not want to get involved in the situation.

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Defense witness Dale Gladden testified that he was working at a Domino's pizza shop in Berkeley County when he observed Hose making threats against another employee at the shop.

The employee had become friends with Hose's wife, Gladden testified.

Then Hose showed up at the pizza shop one day "hollering" and "cussing," Gladden testified.

Gladden said Hose had a knife with him and said, "I'll kill him. I know he's in there."

Stacy Titus testified that she used to date Hose, and he was abusive and hit her "quite a few" times.

"He's always been a troublemaker," Titus testified.

Testimony is expected to resume today in Jefferson County Circuit Court.

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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