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Oral argument in officer shooting lawsuit to begin Tuesday

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Oral argument in connection with a wrongful-death lawsuit stemming from the March 2013 shooting of a Virginia man begins Tuesday before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Richmond, Virginia.

Attorney Paul Taylor has served as local counsel in the suit that was filed by the family of Wayne Jones who died after being shot 22 times.

“We’re happy that the appellate court is taking a close look at this matter. We’re looking forward to a public trial and our day in court,” Taylor wrote to WV MetroNews Affiliate WEPM.

A Berkeley County grand jury declined to indict the officers on any criminal charges in October 2013.

In April 2016 the U.S. Justice Department announced that it found insufficient evidence to pursue civil-rights charges against the officers involved.

A federal judge has ruled in favor of the Martinsburg Police Department twice already in the wrongful death suit.

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