CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Police have charged a Charleston man after a Thursday night shooting death on the city’s West Side.


Joseph Barker

Joseph Wayne Barker, 38, allegedly shot and killed Kenneth ‘Donnie’ Bays, 33, of Charleston, in the front yard of a residence in the 1600 block of Chandler Drive. It happened at just before 9 p.m. Thursday. Barker is charged with first degree murder.

According to Charleston police detectives, Barker and Bays knew each other and were fighting before the shooting. Bays suffered a gunshot wound to the head and died at the scene.

Barker is being held in the South Central Regional Jail.

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