Investigators still working to solve fatal stabbing at Club Twisted

Sheriff has contacted liquor board about club's operation after slaying and a shooting at the club last month

December 08, 2011|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD |

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Investigators are still working to solve a fatal stabbing in September at Club Twisted in Berkeley County, Sheriff Kenneth Lemaster Jr. said this week.

Terrell Coleman, 25, of Columbia, Md., died Sept. 26 after police said he was stabbed in the parking lot of the club at 5268 Williamsport Pike near Potomack Intermediate School.

A second person, identified as Shavar T. Copes, 25, also was stabbed, but has since recovered from his injuries, Lemaster said Thursday.

Sheriff's Deputy Michael St. Clair has done extensive investigative work on the slaying case, and a person of interest has been identified, but no charges have been filed in the case, Lemaster said.

"We're still working on it," he said.

Aside from the criminal investigation, Lemaster said he contacted the West Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control Administration about the club's operation due to the slaying and a shooting at the club last month that hospitalized another man.  

A few days before the shooting, the building caught fire and was declared unsafe for human occupancy or use on Nov. 29 by the Berkeley County Engineering Department, according to County Engineer Kimberly J. Shrader.

Shrader said the property may now be officially condemned since the owners, who were given two days to apply for a building permit to make necessary corrections, have not responded.

The club owner could not be reached for comment Thursday. A business phone number on file with the ABCA for the club was not operating.

ABCA spokesman Gary Robinson said Wednesday that the state agency is conducting its own investigation of Club Twisted, which has a private club license that expires June 30, 2012, according to the state agency's license database.

"We've seen the recent press clippings," said Robinson, who noted that the agency is working with the sheriff's office in the case.

"That license is currently under investigation," said Robinson, indicating the ABCA would try to determine whether the incidents were connected to the owner or owners of the club in any way as part of its own probe.

The ABCA has the discretion to issue a warning, fines, or to suspend or even revoke licenses for violations of state regulations, according to Robinson.  

A Class A license to serve liquor, wine and non-intoxicating beer was issued by the ABCA to Twisted Inc. in July 2010, according to the database.

"We're just trying to gather all the facts," Robinson said of the agency's investigation.

Police said earlier that witnesses described the suspect in the fatal stabbing as a dark black male, about 5 feet 2 inches tall, with short cornrows. He was last seen wearing a gray hoodie, blue and silver sneakers, and blue jeans, police said.

He also was reported to be wearing headphones similar to those made by Skullcandy, police said.

Anyone with information about the identity of the suspect or who witnessed it may contact Deputy St. Clair at 304-267-7000 or Berkeley County Crime Solvers at 304-267-4999.

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