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Charles Town man dies from injuries in New Year's Eve assault

January 07, 2008|By DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A Charles Town man has died from an assault that occurred on New Year's Eve at an apartment building downtown, turning the probe into a homicide investigation, Charles Town Police Chief Barry Subelsky said Sunday.

David Haines, who lived at the apartment building at 319 W. Washington St., died at Winchester (Va.) Medical Center about 7 p.m. Friday, Subelsky said.

Haines, no age available, suffered a fractured skull after being struck in the back of the head, Subelsky said.

Haines was found lying in a hallway at the apartment building early Dec. 31 with a head wound, Subelsky said previously.

Haines was discovered after police responded to the building about 12:45 a.m. for a call of an assault, Subelsky said.

Subelsky said he believes Haines was assaulted in the hallway. No one witnessed the attack and it is unclear how many people might have been involved, Subelsky said.

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The house is beside Liberty Get & Go convenience store and gas station at the intersection of West Washington and West streets.

The building was dark Sunday night and there was no door leading to a hallway at the bottom of a staircase.

Subelsky said a motive for the attack on Haines has not been determined.

Although Subelsky said detectives with his department have some suspects in the case and have been able to interview some people, he said tips from the public would be helpful.

"Someone knows more than they're telling us," Subelsky said.

Anyone with information about Haines' death can contact the Charles Town Police Department at 304-725-2714.

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