Ex-council member, ex-magistrate indicted in WVa shooting

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A former council member in West Virginia’s second-largest city and a retired magistrate who is his brother have been indicted in a 2019 shooting that left a man paralyzed, a prosecutor said.

Cabell County Prosecutor Sean “Corky” Hammers said ex-Huntington city council member Tom McCallister was indicted by a county grand jury Friday on charges of malicious assault and use of a firearm during commission of a felony.

McCallister’s brother, retired Cabell County Magistrate Johnny McCallister, was indicted on a charge of wanton endangerment involving a firearm, The Herald-Dispatch reported.

According to court testimony during a 2019 preliminary hearing for Tom McCallister, Ron McDowell Jr. was shot in April 2019. McDowell was found with a gunshot wound to his neck.

The defense claimed McDowell was trying to break into a garage owned by one of the McCallister brothers and that they were being threatened with a knife, according to testimony at the hearing.

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