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Two Hagerstown men arraigned in W.Va. on malicious wounding charges

Leon William Racks and Joseph Wayne Mason are accused of shooting Kevin R. Mullen at Club Twisted

December 16, 2011|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Two Hagerstown men accused of shooting a Frederick, Md., man at Club Twisted in Berkeley County last month were arraigned on charges of malicious wounding Friday, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

Leon William Racks, 29, and Joseph Wayne Mason, 27, who were incarcerated at Eastern Regional Jail Friday night, both applied for a court-appointed attorney when they were arraigned by Magistrate Sandra L. Miller, the court records said.

Miller set a $20,000 cash-only bond for each of the defendants, who are accused of shooting Kevin R. Mullen, 28, in the parking lot of the club at 5268 Williamsport Pike on Nov. 26, the records said.

 Mullen was flown to a hospital, where he was treated for multiple gunshot wounds, which police said were not life-threatening.

Racks and Mason were apprehended by police in Washington County shortly after the shooting occurred about 2:50 a.m. and were returned to Berkeley County Friday for arraignment, according to court and jail records.

When police arrived at the club, Mullen was found lying in the parking lot suffering from multiple gunshot wounds, police said.

Racks and Mason were charged after police obtained witness statements and evidence at the scene, according to a Berkeley County Sheriff's Department news release.

A vehicle that was seen leaving the club, which is near Potomack Intermediate School, later was stopped by the Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies who detained the men.

A female, who also was riding in the vehicle, told deputies that she was at the club with her cousin, Racks and Mason at about 1 a.m. She said that she and Mason were dancing in the club, which has since closed, while Racks was hanging around the stage area, the documents said.

The female who was riding with the defendants when they were detained in Washington County told deputies that they left the club about 2:30 a.m. Racks and Mason were still outside the car in the parking lot when the female said she heard gunshots close by and ducked while seated inside the vehicle, the records said.   

Mason then got in the driver's seat and yelled for Racks to get in the vehicle, and they drove toward Maryland, the records said.

The female's cousin told officers that she saw Racks and Mason arguing at "Mullen's vehicle" and were standing at the driver's side door of the victim's car just before he was shot.

The female said the men left her at the club, the records said.

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