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Two Bunker Hill men indicted in Martinsburg robbery, beating

Tyler Shane Munson and Evan Russell Shirley face multiple felony counts

February 22, 2012|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A Berkeley County grand jury on Wednesday indicted two men on multiple felony counts in the violent robbery and beating of a 76-year-old man at his Martinsburg-area home in November 2011, according to the county prosecutor’s office.

Tyler Shane Munson, 20, and Evan Russell Shirley, 22, both of Bunker Hill, W.Va., were indicted on counts of burglary, first-degree robbery, conspiracy, assault during the commission of a felony and malicious assault, according to indictments released by Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Games-Neely’s office.

Munson and Shirley were being held Wednesday night at Eastern Regional Jail, according to jail records.

After the Nov. 28, 2011, incident, police had said the victim was treated at City Hospital in Martinsburg for wounds to his head and arms.

The victim told police he heard a loud bang and saw two men come through the back door of his Winchester Avenue home. He said he was unable to identify either suspect because he was struck in the head by an object that felt like lead, court documents said.

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The victim said he was struck multiple times in the head and face, and also was struck in the arm after he raised it to defend himself, the documents said.

Police responded to the incident at 11:03 p.m., and found the frame of the back door destroyed, a blood-soaked recliner and blood spread on a wall next to the chair, the documents said.

Munson and Shirley were among more than 25 people indicted Wednesday by the grand jury, according to Games-Neely’s office.

Games-Neely said the grand jury is scheduled to reconvene today. An indictment merely indicates that an individual is believed to have committed the crime.

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