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Local lawyer charged as accessory in shooting

Local - 1/2/2014 7:57 PM by Courtney Rosemond
CHARLESTON - A Fayette County man turns himself into police Thursday for his involvement in a New Year's Day shooting in downtown Charleston.

Jamison Conrad, a mental hygiene commissioner and lawyer, in Fayette County turned himself into police on Thursday after being charged with accessory after the fact. Conrad is accused of removing evidence from a crime scene in the hallway where a shooting occurred in the 600 block of Virginia Street between the Ramada Inn in Charleston and Recovery Sports Grill early New Years Day.

Charles Scott, 23, of Charleston was sent to the hospital with a gunshot wound after a fight broke out.  Michael Underwood, 30, of Beckley was charged with malicious wounding in the incident.

According to a criminal complaint that was filed in Kanawha County Magistrate court, surveillance video showed Conrad removing evidence, which later was identified as Underwood's cell phone. Video also shows Conrad directing Underwood to flee the scene as Underwood is still holding the handgun in his right hand.

Charleston Mayor Danny Jones said he is looking at filing an ethics charge with the State Bar against Conrad.

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