Mother seeks 'justice' in Club Twisted fatal stabbing

September 01, 2012|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD |
  • Terrell A. Coleman of Columbia, Md., died after being stabbed in the chest Sept. 25, 2011 in the parking lot of Club Twisted.
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MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Shelley Young wants justice to be served in the case of her 25-year-old son’s death nearly one year ago.

One week after his birthday, her son, Terrell A. Coleman of Columbia, Md., died after being stabbed in the chest Sept. 25, 2011, Young said

Police said Coleman was stabbed in the parking lot of Club Twisted at 5268 Williamsport Pike and died from his injuries at City Hospital in Martinsburg.

While the night club has since closed, Young said she fears the homicide case will be closed without an arrest being made.

“Some kind of justice needs to be done for my son,” Young said.

Berkeley County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Gregory K. Jones said Wednesday that evidence compiled by the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office is being reviewed to determine if charges can be filed in the case.

The review now under way comes after the prosecuting attorney’s office requested additional investigation by the sheriff’s office after an initial review, Jones said.

Sheriff Kenneth Lemaster said Wednesday the case is being actively investigated by Sheriff’s Deputy Michael St. Clair.

“It’s not a cold case; it’s still being actively pursued,” Lemaster said.

Young said friends had taken Coleman to the club for his birthday. Young said she thinks her son, a 2004 graduate of Oakland Mills High School in Howard County, Md., had only been there once before he was killed.

“We tried to tell my son, ‘you don’t have to go up there,’’ Young said, recalling the last time the family saw Coleman alive.

“That day we were all together, we were all there,” Young said.

While she’s unclear about what happened, Young said she believes her son was stabbed during a fight. A second person, identified as Shavar Copes of Frederick, Md., also was stabbed but has recovered, police have said.

Young said she had to take a leave of absence from her job after her son died and she has struggled to overcome the loss.

“I don’t have any closure,” Young said.

Anyone with information about the stabbing may contact Deputy St. Clair at 304-267-7000 or Berkeley County Crime Solvers at 304-267-4999.

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