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Charges mounting against Falling Waters man accused of attempting to kill witness

May 21, 2008

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Charges are mounting against a man being held in Eastern Regional Jail on allegations that he attempted to shoot and kill a person who testified in federal court against a defendant who later received a life sentence in prison, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

Matthew Quinn Mason, aka "Q," of 65 Bowie Drive, Apt. 18, in Falling Waters, W.Va., was arraigned this week on counts of daytime burglary and domestic battery, according to court records.

The new charges stem from an incident that West Virginia State Police Trooper W.M. Roden investigated May 4, according to court records.

In the early hours of May 3, police allege Mason was involved in shooting several rounds of ammunition at a North Spring Street residence. He was charged with wanton endangerment and conspiracy in that case.

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On May 6, Mason was arrested in connection with his role in an April 30 shooting at the Martin's Landing apartment complex in Martinsburg, and arraigned on charges of attempted murder and wanton endangerment in that case, according to court records.

No injuries were reported from either shooting, but Roden said in his complaint that Mason's girlfriend appeared to have been struck in the face after the defendant kicked in the door of her apartment and retrieved his jacket and a bottle of liquor on May 4, according to court records.

Roden said her face was swollen and bruised in multiple places, and she had cuts on her lip and above her left eye, according to his complaint.

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