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Man accused in Orioles Club shooting waives hearing

November 17, 2009

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A 23-year-old man accused in the July 2008 shooting death of Kenneth E. Waybright outside a club near Martinsburg waived his right to a speedy preliminary hearing Monday in Berkeley County Magistrate Court.

Elan Bell-Veney of Martinsburg faces charges of murder and three counts of wanton endangerment stemming from the early-morning shooting July 20 at the former Orioles Club at 214 Mid Atlantic Parkway.

Police allege Bell-Veney was targeting another man, not Waybright, 37, of Stephens City, Va., according to court records.

A witness told police that Donzell White of Martinsburg was arguing with Bell-Veney before Bell-Veney began shooting, according to court records.

White and the witness, Dale Knight, were wounded in the shooting, but have since recovered from their injuries, police have said.

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Knight told police that White and Bell-Veney were armed, according to the complaint filed against Bell-Veney by Berkeley County Sheriff's Department Deputy Lt. Gary Harmison.

Police determined that Waybright was an innocent bystander when a bullet fired in the altercation ricocheted and struck him in the head, police have said.

Defense attorney Eric Black is representing Bell-Veney, according to court records.

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