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Va. man indicted in deaths of Berkeley Co. woman and her son

Antonio Prophet is charged in the deaths of Angela Kay Devonshire and Andre White

February 17, 2011|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A Virginia man was indicted Thursday on two counts of first-degree murder and one count of first-degree arson in the deaths of a Berkeley County woman and her 3-year-old son, according to court records.

Antonio Prophet, aka Antonio McCreary and James Carter, is being held without bail in Potomac Highlands Regional Jail in Augusta, W.Va., according to jail and court records.

He is charged in the deaths of Angela Kay Devonshire, 22, and Andre White of 69 Sidneys Way, Bunker Hill, W.Va., according to court records.

Prophet, who the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department has said was dating Devonshire just prior to her death, is accused of slitting the woman's throat in her apartment off Sam Mason Road on June 6 and then leaving the residence after setting it on fire, court records said.

The fire originated in the living-room area of the residence, and it appeared that both victims fell through the living-room floor of the garage apartment as it burned, court records said.

Prophet fled from the area afterward, but was eventually captured on June 17 outside a homeless shelter in Charlotte, N.C., authorities said.

Prophet is scheduled to be arraigned Feb. 28 by 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge Christopher C. Wilkes, Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Games-Neely said.

The indictment merely reflects the Berkeley County grand jury's conclusion that there is evidence the accused committed the crime or crimes in question.

Defendants may enter a plea at their arraignment.

In an unrelated case, Prophet, of Lorton, Va., was charged in August 2009 in Prince George's County, Md., District Court with four counts of unlawful use of a handgun in the commission of a felony, four counts of possession of marijuana and one count of second-degree assault, according to court records.

He pleaded guilty to one count of possession of marijuana and served about three months. He was released Dec. 17, 2009, according to Prince George's County court records.

• Also among the 67 people indicted this week by the grand jury was Jessica N. Faircloth, who is charged with driving under the influence resulting in the death of David E. Kessel.

Faircloth, 22, who was being held Thursday at Eastern Regional Jail, also was indicted on four counts of fraudulent use of a (financial) access device.

Faircloth was charged after the Honda Accord she was driving crossed the center line on W.Va. 45 and collided with a 2008 Triumph motorcycle ridden by Kessel on July 15, according to the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department and court records.

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