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W.Va. man charged in shooting of couple

Robert and Laura Hicks were each shot twice in the head but are expected to recover

Robert and Laura Hicks were each shot twice in the head but are expected to recover

December 02, 2009|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A Falling Waters, W.Va., man is charged with shooting a Berkeley County couple Friday after the husband refused to sell prescription pills to him, according to police. Each was shot twice in the head.

Donald Mark "Donnie" Seibert Jr., 21, of 318 Merrimack Drive, was charged Wednesday with two counts of malicious wounding, according to Lt. Gary Harmison of the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department.

Seibert was being held Wednesday night in Eastern Regional Jail on a $200,000 bond set by Berkeley County Magistrate JoAnn Overington, according to court records.

Robert and Laura Hicks each were shot twice in the head at about 8 p.m. Friday at their home at 2649 McCoys Ferry Road in the Brookstone subdivision, Harmison said. The couple, who were taken to Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Va., for treatment, are expected to recover from their wounds, Harmison said.

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Laura Hicks, who told police she was shot first, has been released from the hospital, Harmison said. Robert Hicks' condition has improved since the shooting, but he was still being treated at the hospital Wednesday, Harmison said.

The bullets, which remain lodged in the victims' heads, are not expected to be removed because of additional health risk, Harmison said.

A doctor told police the wounds appeared to be from a .22-caliber weapon, according to the arrest warrant issued for Seibert.

In the charging documents, Harmison said an older .22-caliber pistol and shells owned by Seibert's father were missing after the shooting. A weapon has not been found, Harmison said.

Laura Hicks told police Seibert came to their house and began talking about troubles with his girlfriend and said he wanted to buy pills, according to Harmison's complaint.

Robert Hicks told police that when he denied the request, Seibert went outside to his truck and got a gun, returned and shot them both, Harmison said.

Seibert declined to give a statement to police and asked for an attorney after he was arrested without incident, Harmison said.

A felony conviction on a count of malicious wounding carries a two- to 10-year prison sentence, Harmison said.

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