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Jurors seated in Berkeley County murder trial

New York man accused of killing Donald L. Redman

New York man accused of killing Donald L. Redman

November 27, 2007|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. ? Five women and seven men were seated this morning in the Berkeley County Circuit Court trial of a 23-year-old New York City man accused in the shooting death of Donald "Dee" Redman in October 2005 in Martinsburg.

Two men were selected as alternates.

Of the 60 people summoned for the trial of John J. Grant, aka Butter, all but two appeared for the trial, which began at 9 a.m., on Tuesday. Grant was indicted in October 2006 on one count of first-degree murder.

Among the panel of 20 prospective jurors announced by a deputy circuit clerk at 9:10 a.m., was Berkeley County Commissioner Ronald K. Collins. The commissioner was the 14th of 20 prospective jurors randomly chosen from the jury pool, but was ultimately struck from the panel through attorney strikes. The jurors chosen were seated about 11:45 a.m.

Redman, 29, of Martinsburg, W.Va., was shot once in the head in the morning hours of Oct. 27, 2005, police have said.

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Grant, 23, was charged in August 2007 with two counts of intimidating witnesses and two counts of witness retaliation.

Letters written by Grant from jail include threatening statements, including; "I want them missing," "I want them in a coma," "They can't make it to court you dig," police have said. The letters, recovered by police on July 12, also provide the names and addresses of two witnesses.

Grant was indicted in October 2007 by a grand jury on the witness intimidation and retaliation charges.

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