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Three charged in nightclub shooting waive extradition to W.Va.

Warrants obtained for Brock Jerome Smith, Octoviol Zshemek Taft and Dionnday Mynetriel Anderson

January 18, 2011|By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN — Three Hagerstown men charged in a fatal shooting Saturday morning outside of a Martinsburg nightclub waived extradition to West Virginia on Tuesday in Washington County District Court.

The Berkeley County Sheriff's Department obtained a warrant for murder against Brock Jerome Smith, 21, of 623 George St. Warrants for accessory after the fact of murder were obtained for Octoviol Zshemek Taft, 20, of 141 Wakefield Road, and Dionnday Mynetriel Anderson, 20, of 140 S. Prospect St., the sheriff's department said.

The men were questioned about extradition on a video link between the Washington County Detention Center and the district court building.

The warrants were issued in the shooting death of Damon McCarroll Scott, 31, who was shot outside Club Zero, 1774 Winchester Ave., shortly after 3 a.m. Saturday, according to the sheriff's department. Scott was seen shooting a firearm into a Chrysler 300 and one or more occupants of the car fired back, hitting Scott in the chest, the sheriff's department said.

Maryland Judiciary Case Search listed several cases for a Damon McCarrol Scott, 31, in Washington and Frederick counties, including October 2010 robbery charges in Frederick that were later dismissed. Those records showed Scott having addresses in Hagerstown and Alexandria, Va., in 2010.

Berkeley County Sheriff Ken Lemaster said Tuesday that investigators had told him that the Damon Scott killed Saturday had been charged with robbery in Frederick County.

District Judge Ralph H. France II asked each man Tuesday if he wanted to waive extradition or contest being returned to West Virginia to face charges. After each waived extradition, France told the men the extradition process would take about a week.

Following the shooting, the Chrysler sped off and was pursued by West Virginia authorities into Maryland, the sheriff's department news release said. The chase ended in Maryland when the car went off U.S. 40 and crashed in a wooded area, Maryland State Police said.

Taft faces five traffic violations from the pursuit, including fleeing from police and driving under the influence, court records show. Assistant State's Attorney Arthur Rozes asked France to release Taft on his own recognizance on those charges to clear the way for his extradtion.

France granted the request.

Taft was charged Tuesday in West Virginia with fleeing in a vehicle.

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