Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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March 25, 2014

Probable cause in shooting

Leggett’s club shooting case going to grand jury

PRINCETON — The case of a Mercer County man charged with first-degree murder in connection with a fatal night club shooting has been bound over to the Mercer County Grand Jury.

At a preliminary hearing Monday morning, Magistrate Mike Flanigan found probable cause in the case against Morrisettie Leggett, 32, of Bluefield. Leggett is accused of shooting David Bailey, 35, of Princeton, in December 2013 at Club Maximus near Princeton.

Deputies with the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department were dispatched 3:30 a.m. on Dec. 9, 2013, after the shooting in the nighclub’s parking lot was reported.

Detective Cpl. L.B. Murphy of the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department testified that Leggett was the DJ at Club Maximus the night of the incident. A fight happened between the Leggett and Bailey over a domestic issue that then led to the parking lot. Leggett allegedly pulled out a .38-caliber handgun from his sweatshirt pocket and shot at Bailey five times.

After hearing Murphy’s testimony, Flanigan ruled there was probable cause and bound the case over to the grand jury.

Members of Bailey’s family were present for the hearing and told the Bluefield Daily Telegraph that they are doing what they can to deal with the tragedy.

“Reality has just set in. The month of December was a big block spot,” Dawn Ann Hawks, Bailey’s mother, said. “I feel angry and some hate, but at the same time I see the family of Leggett and know that they are losing a son also who could be facing prison time. I never thought my son would die this way. We just want justice.”

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