PRINCETON — A suppression hearing was scheduled for later in November when a Bluefield man was brought to Mercer County Circuit Court for a pretrial hearing Monday.
Trayvon Strange, 20, is facing a charge of first-degree murder in connection with a shooting last April that led to Bluefield man’s death. He appeared Monday for a pretrial hearing before Circuit Court Judge Omar Aboulhson.
Strange, 20 allegedly shot Steven Rhodes, age unavailable, of Bluefield, on the evening of April 21 at the Lewis Street apartments. Rhodes, who was able to identify Strange after being shot in the back of the head behind the ear, said Bluefield Police Chief Dennis Dillow at the time of the arrest.
The shooting stemmed from an earlier argument between the two men on the afternoon of April 21, according to investigators. Strange fled the scene the night of the shooting but was arrested two hours later that same evening.
Strange was originally charged with malicious wounding. Rhodes was transported to Charleston Area Medical Center where he later passed away. The charge was then changed to first-degree murder.
A suppression hearing concerning evidence and a statement Strange made to investigators was scheduled for Nov. 17.
Aboulhosn remanded Strange back to the Southern Regional Jail in Beaver where he is being held on a $100,000 surety bond.