MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- The Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia, in a 3-2 decision this week, agreed to hear further arguments on a man's appeal of a second-degree murder conviction for the shooting death of Ronald K. Kidrick in a motel parking lot in 2005.
In January 2007, Edward C. Grimes, 27, of Martinsburg, was sentenced to 40 years in prison for the July 2005 shooting death of Ronald K. Kidrick of Shepherdstown, W.Va.
Grimes' attorney, John P. Adams of the 23rd Judicial Circuit's public defender's office, appealed the case to the high court, alleging there was misconduct before the grand jury, evidentiary error, insufficient evidence to allow the jury to consider first-degree murder and a disproportionate sentence, among other challenges.
Chief Justice Brent D. Benjamin and Justice Margaret L. Workman dissented in motion docket proceedings held Tuesday.
At his sentencing hearing, Grimes apologized to Kidrick's family, but also maintained his shooting of Kidrick at the Relax Inn at 1022 Winchester Ave. was in self-defense.