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Rand man arrested for allegedly threatening witnesses

By From staff reports

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Authorities said a Rand man threatened to kill a woman, her husband and their children if they testified against his brother in a murder trial.

Kanawha deputies arrested Tremain Deon Straughter, 32, of Bluefield Avenue, Monday, a month after a woman told investigators he had been harassing her family at their home.

The woman and her husband are witnesses to the murder of Harold Donovan "DonDon" Taylor, who was shot to death early the morning of Feb. 14 in Rand. Tremain's younger brother, Tremale Leon Straughter, 29, was arrested and charged with Taylor's murder.

A Kanawha County Grand Jury indicted Tremale Straughter on the murder charge and he was arraigned on June 6. Tremale Straughter remains at Southwestern Regional Jail where he is being held without bond.

Two weeks later, the witness and her husband -- they also had their three young children with them -- found Tremain Straughter parked in front of their Rand apartment.

Deputies have asked the media not to identify the witnesses fearing it would invite more intimidation.

She told deputies she and her family saw Straughter but continued walking to their home, and he began yelling at them about talking to police and threatening to "do something" to them if they didn't keep their mouths shut, according to a criminal complaint.

They ignored him and went inside, but Straughter started pounding on their door and screaming at them, according to the complaint.

He returned two days later, kicking and punching the door and screaming, the woman said.  Straughter yelled into the house, "I know your f - - - - - - snitches you guys are trying to lock my brother up for life that's why I'm gonna put a bullet in both of your f - - - - - - heads and snap your kid's necks and hang them," according to the complaint.

She said she last saw him on June 22 or June 23 when he again parked his car at their apartment and repeatedly got in and out of the car.

On June 28, threatening messages appeared from Straughter on Facebook. One posted to the page of the witness' husband said that Straughter heard he'd been talking and that if he had a problem he needed to speak with him. The post also said that brother Tremale already had beaten the man in a fight.

Later the same day a post on Tremain Straughter's page asked Facebook friends of the witness' husband to tell him "report to me before I see him ... does he kno kno I'm not a sucka??!! #Tremale Straughter already beat his ass," according to the complaint.

The witness' husband told detectives Tremain Straughter approached him several times and made harassing and threatening comments.

Cpl. Brian Humphreys said detectives investigated after the complaint was made. Detectives gathered witness statements and digital evidence before seeking an arrest warrant.

He was charged with witness intimidation and stalking, both misdemeanors. His bond was set at $75,000 but an officer at South Central Regional Jail confirmed he had been released late Monday afternoon.

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