Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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December 9, 2013

Princeton man arraigned on a charge of first-degree murder

PRINCETON — A Mercer County man was arraigned this morning on a charge of first-degree murder in connection with a fatal shooting in the parking lot of the Club Maximus in Princeton.

Morrisettie Leggett, age unavailable, of Bluefield, was arraigned before Magistrate Jim Dent on the first-degree murder charge in connection with the shooting death of David Andrew  Bailey of Princeton. He then appeared before Circuit Court Judge Derek Swope, who set bond for the man at $50,000 with a condition of home confinement. Leggett, who worked as a disc jockey at the night club, was arrested at his residence after detectives interviewed witnesses at the crime scene and developed a lead, according to Mercer County Sheriff D.B. “Don” Meadows. According to Meadows, Deputies C.K. Lester and G.C. Paitsel responded to a report of a shooting at the nightclub on Courthouse Road at 3:30 a.m. Meadows said that the deputies found several people in the parking lot giving CPR to the victim. Emergency medical service personnel transported the victim, David Andrew  Bailey of Princeton, to a hospital, where he died, Meadows said.

Detective Corporal L.B. Murphy processed the crime scene and interviewed witnesses.

Based on the information Murphy developed, he identified a suspect, according to Meadows.

“After I interviewed the suspect, I placed him under arrest,” Murphy said. He did not release the name of the suspect or the victim.

Murphy said that he could not release any information about a motive in the case. “The victim was shot with a handgun and it was recovered,” Murphy said. He added that he had arrested the suspect at about 6 or 7 a.m. Sunday morning.

Neither Meadows nor Murphy released any names of the alleged shooter or the victim.

Murphy said that the suspect will likely appear before a circuit court judge today for a bond hearing.

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