Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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May 7, 2014

First-degree murder case: Bond reduction denied

PRINCETON —  A circuit court judge ruled Tuesday that a Bluefield man now facing a charge of first-degree murder remain incarcerated in lieu of a $100,000 bond.

Treyvon Strange, 20, of Bluefield, allegedly shot Steven Rhodes, age unavailable, of Bluefield, on the evening of April 21 at the Lewis Street apartments, according to earlier reports by Bluefield Police Department Detective K.L. Adams.

 Rhodes, who was able to identify Strange after being shot in the back of the head behind the ear, passed away Saturday at Charleston Area Medical Center almost two weeks after the shooting, Adams said.

Strange appeared Tuesday via video conference arraignment before Circuit Court Judge William Sadler, who denied a bond reduction request. Strange remains incarcerated at the Southern Regional Jail in Beaver on a $100,000 surety bond.

The shooting stemmed from an earlier argument between the two men on the afternoon of April 21.

Strange fled the scene the night of the shooting but was arrested a couple hours later when police caught him walking down Bland Street, Adams said.

Adams said Strange is now charged with first-degree murder.

Strange was originally charged with malicious wounding in connection with the shooting.

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