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‘Three strikes’ hearing rescheduled in Berkeley County shooting death

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Berkeley County prosecuting attorney Pamela Games-Neely wants life in prison terms for two men convicted in the 2012 fatal shooting of a Mississippi man at a area club.

A jury in January convicted Rashaun Boyd, 31, of attempted first-degree murder and Christopher Wyche, 24, on a charge of voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of Samson Edmond, 28.

Though Boyd and Wyche were found not guilty of murder and conspiracy, Games-Neely said they should receive life sentences under the state’s “three strikes” rule.

The sentencing hearing had been scheduled for April 20 with proceedings set for this week but a judge postponed the proceedings until June while the defense calls experts to review fingerprint analysis from the case.

Edmond died after being shot in the chest outside the Brick House Bar & Grill on Sept. 16, 2012. Testimony revealed the confrontation began after Edmond complimented the tattoo of a woman Boyd was dating.

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