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June 3, 2014

Murder trial underway in Raleigh County

The state began its presentation of evidence Tuesday against Raymond Page Stoumile, a 27-year-old accused of the attempted first degree murder of Anthony Johnson.

Raleigh County Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Tom Truman called his first two witnesses, Emmanuel Stoumile and Cianna Johnson, neither of whom were not present.

Testimony began with the state’s third witness, Raleigh County Sheriff’s Cpl. R.E. Hall, who was the responding officer the night if the shooting, Jan. 28, 2011.

Hall said when he arrived on scene at Club Phoenix in Mabscott, the parking lot was empty, a light dusting of snow had fallen and there were several puddles of blood on the ground.

He said two live rounds and two spent rounds were found inside the bar and two witnesses remained inside.

The bartender, Jacquett Tyree, told Hall she could not identify the shooter. The other witness was a bar guest whose transportation had left her at the club. She told Hall she dove under a pool table for safety when the shots were fired.

After taking their statements, Hall then went to Raleigh General Hospital where the shooting victim was transported. Johnson was unconscious in the trauma unit and unable to speak with Hall, but Johnson’s wife, Cianna, said she was at the bar at the time of the shooting.

Hall said Cianna did not appear to be intoxicated and she said she had not been drinking, as she was only 20 at the time.

He took her statement and issued a warrant for the arrest of Stoumile for attempted first degree murder and five counts of wanton endangerment.

During the defense questioning, attorney Robert Dunlap asked Hall if he agreed the witnesses said the bar was “very dark.” Hall agreed.

Dunlap asked Hall to explain the types of ammunition found; Hall said three types of ammo were found, but he believed there was only one gun involved.

Hall said shooters oftentimes utilize a “snack pack” of ammunition, just whatever they have easy access to.

“Aside from the statements, is there anything to tie my client to this crime?” Dunlap asked.

“No,” Hall replied.

Stoumile fled the scene after the shooting and Hall said there was no way that he could have been checked for gunpowder residue.

The trial will resumed after lunch.

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