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Warrant issued for shooting suspect

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Police have identified a suspect in the October shooting death of a Charleston man on the East End.

A warrant was issued for the arrest of Richard Bernard Hilliard, 24, of Kanawha County for the murder of David Juaboi Booker, 26, said Sgt. Eric Hodges, assistant chief of detectives.

Hilliard, who has not yet been arrested, faces a first-degree murder charge.

Charleston police were called early the morning of Oct. 11 to investigate after receiving a report of a person down in the area of Milton and Richards streets on the city's East End.

Two men were walking in an alley in the 1200 block of Milton Street about 1:30 a.m. Oct. 11 when they came upon Booker's body. They immediately called 911.

Officers at first believed Booker had been struck by a car because there was evidence that a vehicle had crashed into a fence nearby. However, his body showed no sign of crash-related injuries.  

Detectives said at the time they believed Booker was found not long after his death.

An autopsy performed later that day at the state Medical Examiner's office revealed Booker had been shot in the head and torso with a handgun.

Hodges would not comment on a motive but said detectives had gathered enough information in their investigation to obtain the warrant for Hilliard.

Detectives said they knew Booker "very well." He had more than a few run-ins with police over the years and served time in prison.

Detectives said Booker had crack cocaine on his body when he was found.

Hodges did not know how Hilliard and Booker knew each other but said the two were acquainted.

Detectives began searching for Hilliard last week in the Charleston area and in Ohio. Hodges said two detectives went to the Akron area after receiving information Hilliard had been there but did not find him.  

Hilliard is known to police and had previous addresses listed in Charleston, South Charleston and Rand, Hodges said.

He is about 6 feet tall and weighs about 200 pounds. Anyone with information can contact detectives at 304-348-6480.

Contact writer Ashley B. Craig at ashley.craig@dailymail.com or 304-348-4850.

 


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