RCI inmate charged with murder in Martinsburg shooting death

April 21, 2008|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A man wanted in the 2005 homicide of Donald L. "Dee" Redman was identified last week as an inmate at Roxbury Correctional Institution near Hagerstown, where he has been incarcerated since Sept. 4, 2007, on a drug dealing-related charge, police and corrections officials said.

A warrant charging Kurtis Michael Pearsall, aka "Prince" and "Kurt the Flirt," with murder, was issued by Magistrate Joan V. Bragg on Wednesday, according to police and court records.

A trial for the 24-year-old is not expected until 2012, when Pearsall's prison sentence for conviction on a charge of possession with intent to distribute in Allegany County, Md., is completed, officials said.

On Friday, Martinsburg Police Department Detectives Lt. George Swartwood and Cpl. Scott Doyle informed Pearsall at Roxbury that the warrant had been issued for him. Police said Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney Pamela J. Games-Neely later had a detainer placed on the defendant to assure his extradition upon release from Roxbury.


Redman, 29, of Martinsburg, was shot in the head in the early hours of Oct. 27, 2005, at 217 N. Third St. in Martinsburg. Authorities found his body in the porch area of 215 N. Third St., where authorities said it had been dragged after the shooting happened in a crack house.

Police have alleged that Pearsall, along with John J. Grant, aka Butter, took part in an execution-style shooting of Redman in a drug-dealing relationship gone bad.

A jury in November 2007 found Grant, 23, guilty of second-degree murder, and 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge Gray Silver III sentenced the New York City man to 40 years in prison in February 2008.

During Grant's trial last year, a woman testified that Grant did what Pearsall needed done and generally "called the shots" in their drug deals in Martinsburg.

After the shooting, the woman testified that she drove Grant and Pearsall to a bus station in Washington, D.C., so they could get back to New York.

Grant was arrested in February 2006 on a unrelated drug charge in New York and arraigned in Berkeley County in July 2006 on the murder charge.

Pearsall was arrested Jan. 30, 2007, in Allegany County by a Maryland State Police trooper in a task force operation and charged with seven drug-related offenses, according to court records.

At the time, authorities listed a Frostburg, Md., address for Pearsall, who was sentenced to 10 years in prison on July 31, 2007, according to an RCI spokesperson and district court records.

Three years of Pearsall's sentence were suspended as part of a plea agreement and he was ordered to serve five years of probation.

A third suspect in the case, Deandre Fullen, aka Dollar, who was charged with aiding and abetting Redman's murder, later entered a guilty plea to accessory after the fact and received a one-year jail sentence.

More information about Redman's homicide is available on the Martinsburg Police Department's Web site at

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