Murder trial postponed for Berkeley Springs man accused in triple slaying

      Erick David Shute 

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. – The trial date for a Berkeley Springs man charged in connection to what’s been described as the ambush style shooting of three people year was postponed this month.

During a pre-trial hearing on Oct. 3, attorneys for Erick Shute, 32, and Morgan County Prosecutors agreed to continue Shute’s trial until next year.

Shute faces three counts of murder stemming from the shooting deaths of Jack Douglas, 49, of Great Cacapon, and Willie Bartley, 49, and his son, Travis Bartley, 24, both of Hedgesville.

Shute pled not guilty to shooting the men with a rifle over a property dispute in June 2016.

The Morgan County Circuit Clerk’s office confirmed Shute’s trial, which was originally slated for June before being moved to Oct., is now scheduled for April 9, 2018.

A pre-trial hearing is set for March 9, 2018.


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