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Motion to reduce bond denied for one of two charged in shooting death

Dionnday Mynetriel Anderson is charged with accessory after the fact of murder

February 23, 2011

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — One of two men accused of being an accessory to the Jan. 15 shooting death of Damon M. Scott is expected to remain in Eastern Regional Jail after a Berkeley County magistrate denied a motion Wednesday to reduce his bond.

Dionnday Mynetriel Anderson, 20, of Hagerstown, is charged with accessory after the fact of murder and was being held on a $15,000 cash-only bond, according to court and jail records.

Anderson's pretrial hearing for the misdemeanor charge is scheduled for May 4, court records show.

Berkeley County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Richard Stephens, who objected to a defense motion that Anderson's bond be modified, argued in a written response that Anderson is wanted by Maryland authorities on an outstanding detainer and would not be released from custody even if his bond were reduced in Berkeley County.

Stephens also noted that Anderson has a criminal history and indicated that he gave his shoes to Brock J. Smith, who is accused of shooting Scott to death outside Club Zero south of Martinsburg, in an attempt to help Smith avoid arrest, according to court records.

The shooting at Club Zero, at 1774 Winchester Ave., occurred just after 3 a.m. and Smith, Anderson and Octoviol Zshemek Taft, 20, of Hagerstown, were arrested after the vehicle in which they fled crashed in a wooded area off U.S. 40 near Clear Spring, according to police and court records.

Taft is charged with accessory after the fact of murder and fleeing in a vehicle. A magistrate court hearing for him is scheduled for Monday, according to court records.

— Matthew Umstead

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